He was the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Murray played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. As a freshman in 2015, he was the backup to Baker Mayfield. After Mayfield was arrested and subsequently suspended for the final two games of the season, Murray started in his place and led the team to victories in the last two games of the season. Murray became the starting quarterback in 2016 and 2017. In his first season as a starter, he was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. In his second season, he was named the AP College Football Player of the Year.
Murray was born in Allen, Texas, to Kevin and Missy Murray. His mother was a high school softball and basketball player, while his father was a college football player and coach. Murray has an older sister, Madison. He was raised in Allen and attended Allen High School, where he played football and baseball. As a football player, he was a three-time state champion and a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also named the MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game.
Murray began his college career as a walk-on with the Oklahoma Sooners football team. He won the starting quarterback job in his freshman year, but was quickly replaced by Baker Mayfield. Murray transferred to Texas A&M, where he played baseball for one season. He then returned to Oklahoma and won the starting quarterback job in his sophomore year.
As a sophomore, Murray was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named a finalist for the Manning Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. In his junior year, Murray was again named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named the AP College Football Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award winner.
After his junior year, Murray decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He was widely considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the draft and was selected second overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
Murray made his NFL debut in week 1 against the Detroit Lions. He completed 29 of 54 passes for 349 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. In week 2, Murray had his first career rushing touchdown in a 27-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens. In week 3, Murray was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cardinals to a come-from-behind win over the Carolina Panthers. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns.
Murray had a breakout game in week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks, passing for 360 yards and tossing four touchdown passes en route to a 37-34 overtime win. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Murray had a string of four consecutive games with a passer rating over 100.0 in weeks 10-13, becoming the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to do so. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Murray capped off his rookie season with a win over the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams in week 17. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Murray finished his rookie season with 3,722 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns, and a 64.4% completion percentage. He was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.
In 2020, Murray led the Cardinals to a 5-2 record through seven weeks. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. In that game, he completed 25 of 35 passes for 406 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
On November 15, 2020, Murray was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. In five games in October, he completed 104 of 157 passes for 1,325 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns.
Murray is the first and only player in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and rush for 100 yards and a touchdown in the same game. He did so in a Week 10 win over the Buffalo Bills.
In 2020, Murray was named to the Pro Bowl and was named the first-team All-Pro quarterback. He was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2021, Murray led the Cardinals to a 5-2 start through seven weeks. He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. In five games in September, he completed 91 of 124 passes for 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
Murray was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, he completed 15 of 21 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown.
In 2021, Murray was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.
Murray is good friends with Tim Tebow. The two have been close friends since their days playing Pop Warner together in Florida.
Murray’s father, Kevin, is the head football coach at Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, New Jersey.
Murray is friends with Shaquill Griffin, Devon Kennard, T.J. Carrie, and Damontae Kazee, who all played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.
Morgan Cox, the Baltimore Ravens’ long snapper, is married to Murray’s sister, Mary. Cox and Mary returned the favor to Murray when they served as his own personal cheerleaders during his 2019 season.
Murray is friends with Sam Bradford, Christian Kirk, and Chase Edmonds.
In 2021, Murray and his sister, Mary, bought a townhome in Scottsdale, Arizona for $2.7 million.
In 2021, Murray donated $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.
In May 2021, Murray bought a Bentley Bentayga for $235,000.
On February 12, 2019, Murray and Kendall Elfert were married in a private ceremony at Phoenix, Arizona.
Murray and Elfert had their first child, a girl named Henley Grace Murray, in December 2019.
On May 1, 2020, Murray and Elfert had their second child, a boy named Knox Kyler Murray.
* Arizona Cardinals bio (https://www.azcardinals.com/team/players-roster/kyler-murray/)
* Oklahoma Sooners bio (https://soonersports.com/sports/football/roster/kyler-murray/8828)
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