By MIKE FITZPATRICK , AP Baseball Writer
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star.
Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy last year in his lone season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to the gridiron despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.
After arriving Saturday at the New York Mets’ spring training camp, Tebow said he interviewed Murray a few months ago in his job as a college football television analyst and the two have gotten to know each other. Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida, said he can relate to Murray’s love for two sports and thinks it was a very difficult decision for him.
Tebow, now an outfielder in the Mets’ farm system, is ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse to begin his third full season of professional baseball.