A few weeks ago, baseball player for the Oklahoma Sooners, Kyler Murray, won the Heisman Trophy. His win started a discussion amongst avid sports fans, baseball and football alike, on whether Murray should continue his career in baseball or focus on a career in football, for which he plays quarterback very well and enjoys.
Ben Volin, and NFL writer for the Boston Globe, started the discussion with a string of tweets that quickly gained traction. His tweet, “I’m all-in on Murray ditching baseball and going for football. Forget the minor leagues, bus trips, and the possibility of never making it big in the MLB. In the NFL, you play now, get paid now, become a star now. And you can make big bucks as an NFL QB,” brings up a good question. If Murray enjoys both sports equally, why not pursue the one that could earn him more?
Many sports fans were quick to point out that a career in football doesn’t pose guaranteed money either, and that the average football career is pretty short. They argued that, in the long run, Murray would make more money playing baseball. This, however, isn’t entirely true.
Quarterbacks in the NFL make a ton of money, and they make it a lot faster than star baseball players, regardless of when they are picked in the draft. In Volin’s article, he points out that 2012 fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins has already made $72.6 million in 6 years.
But the Oakland Athletics already promised Kyler a $4.6 million sign-on bonus, that’s his upon his arrival at spring training, MLB fans were quick to point out. Volin’s counter? That money will have to last Murray a long-while as he makes his way up the MLB ladder. With the minor league’s monthly salary at only $1,500, and in the “best case scenario, could fly through the minor leagues in two years and be ready for MLB in 2020,” Murray would be making very little for a significant amount of time.
In the NFL, first round picks can enjoy a similar sign-on bonus, plus the advantage of earning a couple (or more) million in their first few years with the league. Even if their careers don’t pan out, they would be making more in those four years than Murray would in the first four of the MLB.
If Murray was positioned to be a first-round draft pick in the NFL, he has some serious bucks headed his way. So, what do you think? If you loved both sports, and were incredibly successful at both of them, what would your pick be?