TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It’s the second year in a row that the year’s Heisman trophy winner also wins the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
Wednesday night Kyler Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s, took home the trophy that’s designated for outstanding Texas-bred football players. It was a bittersweet win for him, considering he beat out his old high school teammate Greg Little of Ole Miss. It’s the first time an offensive lineman has been up for the award, and Little had nothing but praise for his former teammate.
Murray has a very bright future in baseball, and who knows, maybe the NFL is in his future. Earl Campbell 1978 winner of the Heisman praised all of the young men saying their parents taught them right.
‘Like I said in there it’s not about me. I’m here representing...obviously the Lord has blessed me with talent, that I’m grateful for, but, yeah, obviously you’re representing Earl Campbell, one of the best if not the best ever to do it. To come out of Texas, he’s meant so much to the game. I’m here representing my teammates, my coaches, and my family. Obviously, a great honor," Murray said.
“Not just great athletes like my son Tyler was saying, they’re great individuals great human beings. I had a chance where everybody wished they were Earl Campbell,” Campbell said. "Their parents are doing such a great job with these kids, compared to what’s going on in America and the world right now. I’m just proud that the people that have come, people that have won that’s going on to do better in life. Even the ones that didn’t win the award but they made their presence here.”
Now the question is whether Murray will play for the A’s or opt to play in the NFL.