What’s best for Kyler Murray: football or baseball? Herger’s Hot Take

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What’s best for Kyler Murray: football or baseball? Herger’s Hot Take

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Art by Miles Poon ’20

Danilo Herger '20, Health & Technology Editor

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The sports world has been brought to a tough predicament in which there is no right answer: should Kyler Murray have chosen football or baseball?

 

There are a few good reasons why he should play football, but the amount of positive attributes that come with playing baseball outweigh football by a landslide. First, there is obviously the higher risk of being injured. As seen with quarterbacks such as Teddy Bridgewater and Robert Griffin III, the injury bug can bite at any time, which could cost a player millions.

 

This doesn’t take into account the long-term effects of being in the NFL, either.

 

Concussions can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This shortens lives and includes symptoms such as impulsive behavior, depression, short term memory loss, and difficulty of carrying out simple tasks just to name a few.

 

Players can be cut at any point in their contract, so if Murray gets injured at the beginning of a contract, he would end up losing millions. Unlike the NFL, MLB contracts are fully guaranteed money. Given NFL players, especially quarterbacks, are paid more, it is not uncommon for a team to restructure a contract, so if Murray does not perform well, he will lose money.

 

In addition, his size is a major issue in the NFL. Being listed at 5 feet 10 inches, his size creates multiple issues. First, he will have a tough time seeing over 6-foot 5-inch offensive linemen. Next, his small body frame is at a disadvantage compared to 250-pound linebackers.

 

Multiple recent NFL mock projections have Murray going 1st overall, to the Arizona Cardinals. Seeing how the Cardinals did not do a good job with former first round pick, Josh Rosen, Murray would not have the support he needs to prosper in Arizona.

 

The Cardinals do not have a strong offensive line; they have an aging wide receiver as their number one, and a terrible defense. A terrible defense would translate into Kyler being on the field more, which increases the chance of him being injured, and gives the other team more time to find the young quarterback’s weaknesses.

 

Again, if the Cardinals drafted Murray, there would be a fight for the starting job between Murray and Rosen. This could cause mistrust between the Cardinals and Murray, which might lead to him choosing baseball.

 

For these reasons, Kyler Murray should stick to America’s true pastime, baseball.