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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A’s Rickey Henderson, ‘gung ho’ for Kyler Murray, once had shot with Raiders

MESA, Ariz. — Rickey Henderson heard all the Kyler Murray comparisons. He knew the A’s top draft pick last year was a 5-foot-10 outfielder with speed and power, and that scouts were dropping Henderson’s name when describing Murray.

“We were all gung ho to see him here — especially me,” Henderson told The Chronicle. “You know me — I was like, ‘Who’s like me? Let me see him!’”

Henderson, the greatest player in franchise history, is in Oakland’s camp as a visiting instructor, and he had looked forward to working with Murray this spring. After winning the Heisman Trophy, however, Murray declared for the NFL draft and last Monday, he announced he is going to pursue football full-time.

Given how loopy Rickey! normally is, I’d rather not imagine what playing football would have done to him….

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tim Tebow turned down AAF offer to pursue baseball, Steve Spurrier says

Former college football star Opens a New Window.  Tim Tebow turned down another shot at a professional football contract in order to continue his bid to make a Major League Baseball roster as a member of the New York Mets.

Steve Spurrier, the college coaching legend and current head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos, told “Pro Football Talk” this week that he asked Tebow to join his team in the offseason. Tebow, however, declined the offer.

“I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier said. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction. I don’t blame him. If I were in his situation I’d probably do the same thing.”

For those of you doing the math at home, this means that MLB ranks below the NFL, but above the WFL of our time.


 

 

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