MUR­RAY

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will be in spring train­ing with the A’s.”

But take a look at this an­swer Mur­ray gave Tim Te­bow in an in­ter­view dur­ing ESPN’s Col­lege Gameday last week.

“I think that’s some­thing me and my fam­ily will talk about at the end of the sea­son and weigh out the op­tions of what the NFL thinks of me,” Mur­ray said.

Doesn’t ex­actly sound like some­one fully ready to give up foot­ball just yet.

Mur­ray has base­ball blood lines – un­cle Calvin was a 1992 first-round pick by the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants who spent five sea­sons in the ma­jors – but foot­ball is clearly in­grained in fam­ily.

Kyler’s fa­ther, Kevin, was a quar­ter­back at Texas A&M from 1983-86. Kyler took the Mur­ray name to the next level as he was twice named Mr. Texas Foot­ball in high school, go­ing 43-0 as quar­ter­back at Allen High.

So what hap­pens if Mur­ray de­cides to con­tinue play­ing foot­ball at the high­est level? The A’s might be out $4.7 mil­lion, the sign­ing bonus given to Mur­ray back in June.

This is of course some­thing the A’s were will­ing to risk when draft­ing him due to im­pres­sive tools that drew com­par­isons to Bos­ton’s Jackie Bradley Jr.

“We just felt Kyler was a unique tal­ent,” A’s Di­rec­tor of Scout­ing Eric Kub­ota said. “The risk of the foot­ball was in our opin­ion out­weighed by the up­side on the base­ball field.”

The A’s may have to wait un­til Jan. 14, the dead­line for un­der­class­men to de­clare for the NFL draft, to see if that risk will pay off.

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