Kyler Murray is a professional football quarterback for The Arizona Cardinals , 1st overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, he played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Here's the Top 9 Facts You Didn't Know About Kyler Murray.
9. Kyler Murray was born on August 7th 1997 in Bedford, Texas to father Kevin Murray, and mother Missy Henderson.
Kyler Murray family moved from Bedford when Kyler was a sophomore, to Allen, Texas so the young athlete could have a better shot at getting exposure to the best NCAA FBS schools.
Allen High School is a well-known Texas high school with deep roots in athletics. Also, the school transitioned from the former highest class of 5A to the new 6A before Kyler’s senior year.
8. Kyler Murray is of South Korean descent.
His maternal grandmother is a South Korean national. This led to him being the 1st Asian-American to be drafted in the NFL as the 1st overall pick.
7. Kyler Murray’s father, Kevin Murray, is a former Texas A&M quarterback.
Kevin led the Aggies to 2 straight Cotton Bowls. The 1st one was a win against a Bo Jackson led Auburn Tiger team where Kevin broke a record for passing yards previously held by Joe Montana. The next year, Kevin didn’t have as great of a performance.
Kevin Murray also played baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers organization before attending college.
Despite making himself eligible for the 1988 NFL Draft, Kevin went undrafted, most likely due to injuries suffered throughout his career.
Doctors cleared him to play, and he ended up signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent before signing with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders.
Kevin Murray currently trains quarterbacks at the camp he runs, the Air 14 Quarterback Academy.
There were rumors last 2 years about Kevin being too involved in his son’s career.
Some media outlets reported that Kevin Murray was influencing his son as to where he should play his college ball, whether he should stick to one sport, or what NFL team he would rather play for.
All of this was dispelled by his former coaches, Lincoln Riley and Bob Stoops. Both coaches said the only conversations they ever had with Kevin Murray weren’t even about football.
6. Murray’s uncle, Calvin Murray, played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and the Chicago Cubs.
While most of Kyler’s family attended A&M, his uncle went to the University of Texas. Calvin joins his nephew as he was also drafted in the 1st round of the MLB Draft.
He chose not to sign, and instead, went to play for the Longhorns. For those that remember the time former MLB pitcher Randy Johnson hit the dove with a pitch during a spring training game, Calvin was the batter.
5. Kyler Murray is the only athlete to be invited to both the Under Armour All-American baseball and football games
After being named Mr. Football in Texas twice, the (also) 2-time All-American led his team to two undefeated seasons at Allen high school that ended with state championships, Kyler became the only athlete to be invited to both the Under Armour All-American baseball and football games.
Although many athletes play multiple sports, he joins Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback James Winston as players in the NFL that could have made it in professional baseball.
4. After first attending Texas A&M, Kyler Murray transferred to Oklahoma to play both sports.
Kyler Murray Drafted 9th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, and 1st overall in the 2019 NFL draft, Kyler became the first player to be drafted in the top 10 in two major professional sports drafts.
He also became part of the first pair of Oklahoma quarterbacks to be drafted number 1 overall in consecutive years with Baker Mayfield (drafted #1 by Cleveland in 2018).
Not to mention both of them were consecutive Heisman Trophy winners.
3. Kyler Murray loves movies and travelling, claiming his dream destination is London.
Just a shame he won’t get the chance to go this season with the Arizona Cardinals, as they aren’t among the teams that travel to England to play.
His favorite actor is Bruce Lee. And apparently when it comes to food, Kyler is a vegan.
As for travelling on the itinerary for this year, he won’t be heading to his home state. Even with 2 NFL teams in Texas, the Cardinals are not scheduled to play either this season.
2. Apparently, the media habit of looking for something to make a famous guy look bad did not pass up Kyler Murray.
Late last 2 years tweets surfaced where-as a 14 year-old-Murray (he will soon turn 22) used a homophobic slur, which he quickly apologized for, and quite frankly, should have been left in the past.