Only a handful of athletes can say they had the chance to play not one but two professional sports.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, a Heisman Trophy winner who is also an outfield prospect for the Oakland Athletics, has the opportunity to join the likes of Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan to do both.
If Murray chooses to play both sports, it has to be the perfect situation, according to Jordan, a Baltimore native and Milford Mill Academy graduate who played three seasons in the NFL and 15 in the major leagues. That perfect scenario, according to Jordan, is to be picked No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Athletics' spring training facility is in Mesa, Ariz.
"In Arizona, he could work with the receivers and the offensive coordinator while he's playing baseball and not miss a beat," Jordan said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Jan. 17. "… I mean, that's a lot to handle and be successful at, so in that case if he's not drafted in Arizona, I think it's going to come down to making the choice: baseball or football."
With his college football career at an end, Murray must now decide whether to join the Athletics' farm system or enter the NFL Draft in April. He declared for the 2019 Draft Jan. 14 and already received a $4.66 million signing bonus from the A's last year after they drafted him ninth overall.
If he does choose the NFL, Jordan is certain he would be a successful quarterback thanks to his arm strength, vision and running ability and praised how Murray has handled himself thus far in the process.
"I like the way he's going about it," Murray said. "He's getting himself every opportunity that's available to him by entering the draft and keeping his options open. I think he could be a terrific, elite quarterback in the NFL despite his size."
"The NFL is going toward mobile quarterbacks, guys who can throw the ball down the field," Jordan continued. "And he's surely showed us that he could do that in college by winning the Heisman Trophy. But it is a unique situation being the ninth overall pick, already being offered $4.6 million, which is tough to turn down if you're anybody, but his situation is different."
But if Murray gets drafted in the first round -- as he is projected to be -- the Athletics' signing bonus could be nothing compared to a guaranteed contract in the NFL, Jordan said.
"If the A's come back and offer him $15 million that changes the whole scenario because that's the type of money he's going to get in his rookie contract in the NFL," Jordan said.
Unlike Jordan and Sanders -- both defensive backs -- playing quarterback requires more preparation than any other position, but if any player can do it, Murray can, Jordan said.
"It's tough I think he's very intelligent and he's a smart guy. He's been coached under a really great coach in [Oklahoma's] Lincoln Riley," Jordan said. "I think he's prepared to be able to do it."
For more from Jordan, listen to the full interview here:
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