Kyler Murray announces major decision about future in the NFL

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday Dec. 8 2018 in New York. More

Murray did not mention baseball or the A's at all in his statement.

Murray starred in both football and baseball during his time Oklahoma University.

After transferring to Oklahoma from Texas A&M, Murray was the Sooners' backup quarterback behind Heisman victor and future No. 1 NFL pick Baker Mayfield for the 2017 football season.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", the 2018 Heisman Trophy victor wrote on Twitter. The 21-year-old could be a first-round pick in the NFL draft in April, which would make him the first athlete selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts, according to the NFL's research department. But his transfer was also a boon for the OU baseball program.

The ninth overall pick by the A's last summer, Murray has already signed a deal with the team for a guaranteed $4.8 million and was expected to attend the team's spring training in Mesa, AZ.

Two-sport star Kyler Murray on Monday announced which of his passions he will pursue.

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But things did not shake out the way the A's anticipated.

The Heisman Trophy victor has been pushed toward football after an incredible junior season in which he threw for 4,361 passing yards and 42 touchdowns for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray raises the MVP trophy after defeating the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, December 1, 2018. Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on December 29. That put his agreement with the A's in jeopardy and ultimately swayed him toward football.

Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him.

Murray's announcement comes on the day the A's held their first workout for pitchers and catchers.

That will not happen now, with the next crucial step in Murray's National Football League push coming at the NFL's scouting combine at the end of the month.

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