Asian American Makes History as the #1 Draft Pick in the NFL
The Arizona Cardinals made history on Thursday by selecting Kyler Murray as their first pick in the National Football League draft.
Born to an African American father, Kevin Murray, and mother of Korean American descent, Missy Murray, in Bedford, Texas, the 21-year-old quarterback became the first-ever Asian American No. 1 draft pick in the history of the NFL.
As he was signed by the Oakland Athletics baseball team before deciding to instead commit his future to the NFL, Murray also made history in becoming the first man to be chosen in the first round of both the Major League Baseball and NFL drafts, BBC reports.
What probably became the deciding factor was the Heisman Trophy Murray received in December 2018 for being the best collegiate football player in the country.
While many do not consider his small size and stature (5 feet, 10 inches) to be ideal for a quarterback, Murray’s collegiate performance has proven that he can compete against bigger athletes.
In the 2018 regular season, he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns as quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners.
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