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Kyler Murray commits to pursuing NFL career and turns back on baseball

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Kyler Murray has ended months of speculation about whether he would choose the NFL or MLB

Two-sport star prospect Kyler Murray says he has chosen to pursue a career in American football over baseball.

Murray, 21, was drafted ninth overall by Major League Baseball side Oakland Athletics in June last year.

He stayed at Oklahoma University to play a full season at quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy for America’s best college football player.

“I am firmly and fully committing my life to becoming an NFL quarterback,” he posted on Twitter on Monday.

Murray, an outfielder in baseball, declared for the 2019 NFL draft last month and could now be the first person to be picked in the first round of the NFL and MLB drafts.

He was due to report to spring training with the Athletics on Friday, with club officials still unsure of Murray’s intentions before his statement on Monday.

“Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” said Murray.

“I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”

Murray was given a $4.66m (£3.62m) signing-on bonus by the A’s. He will reportedly repay $1.29m (£1m) of the $1.5m (£1.17m) he received last year and forfeit the remaining $3.16m (£2.46m).