Kyler Murray: I Don't Want To Be Taller

Murray's height could work against him in the NFL Draft, but the Heisman Trophy winner is happy just the way he is

Tiki and Tierney
January 31, 2019 - 5:01 pm

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If Kyler Murray does, indeed, play in the NFL, he is going to have to deal with one overarching criticism from day one: his height.

“I’ve dealt with it my whole life,” Murray said on Tiki & Tierney. “For me, at 5-9 or 5-10 or whatever I’m going to measure at, for me to even be mentioned (with the top picks) – they don’t say that about short guys. So that’s already a positive. Watch the film.”

The film was pretty impressive. Murray completed 69.0 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, becoming the second straight Sooners quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Baker Mayfield, of course, was the first.

“I don’t even want to be taller, that’s the thing,” Murray said. “I swear I don’t. I don’t think (being short is) an advantage, (but) God made me this way. I’ve learned to play this way. I feel like if I was 6-3, it would just be almost too easy.”

What isn’t easy is the choice that Murray will soon make: NFL or MLB? Football or baseball?

Tiki Barber asked Murray which sport he loves more.

“I say this 100 percent with the truth: I love both,” he said. “I’m not lying. I love both. I’ve been playing both my whole life since I was 4 years old. It sucks because you get to this point and you just got to stop playing one. It’s really all I know. It’s tough, but I knew that one day this decision was going to come, and it’s coming pretty quick.”