Kyler Murray officially made his decision as to which sport he will be pursuing a career in. This has been an ongoing dilemma that has finally reached its conclusion. Murray decided on playing in the NFL. So the big question is: Did he make the right choice?
The NFL destroys Heisman careers. For example, Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart, and Robert Griffin III didn’t exactly work out. I’m not saying Murray will fall right in line, but it’s always a good possibility.
The NFL is ruthless for expecting rookie quarterbacks to perform as soon as they take their first snap. If you don’t live up to these expectations, you can be benched within weeks, maybe even drives. This could single-handedly ruin a career like Murray’s.
In the MLB, he’ll most likely be sent down to the minors to develop before hitting the big leagues. This would give Murray time to get into baseball shape and to get back in the groove of being on the diamond, which is polar opposite moving the chains. Whoever takes Murray in the draft will most likely have no choice, but to throw him straight into the fire.
Injuries On/Off field
Murray stands at just 5’11” and weighs in at 194 pounds. This is very short and underweight for a NFL quarterback. However, guys like Russell Wilson and Doug Flutie have or had success.
Since Murray is more of a runner, he’s going to be taking bigger hits from bigger players. These are professionals he’s going against now, the days of running circles around college defenses are over. Linebackers are fast nowadays and hit very hard. With this, injuries will come. Guys like RG3, Tony Romo, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, and Joe Thiesmann have gotten the worst of it.
This only hinders a career and shortens it every time an injury comes around, but it’s not only about on field injuries. Many retired players develop CTE after their careers have long been over. This isn’t just about physical injuries, it’s also about the mental injuries that take a toll on someone and their families after it’s all said and done.
Playing in the MLB almost guarantees a long career, most playing into their 40’s. In addition, not near as many MLB players have had mental or physical injuries long after their careers are over compared to the NFL.
With the MLB famously not having a salary cap, it makes no sense financially to play football. In 2017, the average salary in baseball hit just over $4 million. In contrary, the average salary for all NFL players is a criminal $860,000.
Also, if Murray is not selected in the first round of the NFL draft, millions will be lost. Management and star players are getting less and less on the same page about money as we have seen with Le’Veon Bell (Steelers), Joey Bosa’s (after being drafted by the Chargers), and Kam Chancellor and now Earl Thomas (Seahawks).
The MLB is a different case, however. With there being no salary cap, technically, teams can pay players as much as they want as long as they are able to afford the luxury tax that comes with it. So, even if there are contract disputes in the MLB, they are solved a lot easier, but in the NFL, some teams simply cannot pay a player what they are asking for without gutting their team.
Wrapping it Up
Murray simply made the wrong decision. In the context of money, and mental/physical health, this was the worst decision somebody could have made. Hopefully this isn’t the case, and Murray sustains a long, wealthy , and healthy career playing on Sundays.