NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray’s new Nike ad hits on eve of Round 1

A natural-born QB out to prove people wrong - Kyler Murray: The two-sport star of the NFL Draft

Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray shared an inspirational Nike ad on the eve of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, just hours after it was announced he had signed an endorsement deal with the company.  

Murray posted the spot on his Twitter account Wednesday night with the caption: “Just the beginning …” 

The Heisman Trophy winner narrates the video and explains what drew him to playing football as a young kid. The ad features footage of Murray playing sports as a kid and then pivots to his highlights at  Allen High School, near Dallas, and Oklahoma.

“I just love sports: basketball, baseball, football,” Murray says, in part. “As a kid I did it all. But in my heart, I’m a football player. There’s nothing like it. It’s what I live for. Ever since I could walk, I’ve been drawn to it. …

“Patience is part of the process. I had to sit and wait my turn. I knew my time would come. I picked up some hardware along the way. I couldn’t have won the Heisman without my teammates. I’ve always dreamed of being a professional athlete,” Murray says. “But honestly, I want to be the best to ever play the game.” 

Many have projected that Murray, 21, will go as the No. 1 overall pick when Round 1 starts shortly after 8 p.m. ET Thursday in Nashville. The quarterback led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record last season as he threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with seven interceptions and also rushed for 1,001 yards.

Even though Murray was selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, he chose to pursue a career in football. If he is selected on the opening day of the NFL Draft, he will become the only player ever to be a first-round selection in both the MLB and NFL drafts.