Kyler Murray Earned the Heisman Trophy but not the Twitter Grief that has come with it
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Yes, even I thought Alabama Quarterback Tua Taglavioloa was a shoo-in for the Heisman Trophy this year (2018). Tua played for arguably the best team, put up video game like numbers and was on National TV seemingly every week.
And he's one heck of a talented QB.
But he wasn't the best player in College Football. Without him, Alabama likely still ran the table during the regular season behind former starter Jalen Hurts. Without him, they may not have put up 40-50 points a game, but they still would have won.
Which is why he wasn't the "Best" College Football player.
Argue if you will, but College Football's "Heisman Trophy" should go to the best player---not its most popular. It should and technically is supposed to be an award for the best player. Period.
And who was the best player or most valuable in 2018?? Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray.
Without Murray on the field, Oklahoma is 7-5---at best. At minimum, he meant four wins for the Sooners, who won the Big 12 title and will be in this seasons College Football Playoff. And Murray is also the second straight Oklahoma QB to win the award (Baker Mayfield won it in 2017).
5 Foot, 10 inches tall, Murray didn't just excel running the ball. He threw it. A lot. And incredibly accurate.
241 for 340 (70.6% completion rate), 4053 yards, 40 TD's and 7 Interceptions. Oh, he ran for 892 yards and 11 TD's also.
Those numbers are crazy.
Is he a product of Coach Lincoln Riley's system? Maybe? Even a system guy has to be pretty damn good to put up numbers like that.
He earned the award.
By the way---Murray is also the rarity in College Sports. A Football player who will not continue his career in Football. He's a top flight baseball player as an outfielder for the Sooner baseball team. A baseball player who was the 9th player picked in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. Murray signed a 7-figure contract to play baseball once he finished playing football.
The kid is a crazy good athlete. You need no more proof.
But Kyler Murray is still basically a kid. He's 21-years old as I write this in December of 2018. And Kyler Murray did somethings as a young teenager, like most others---he probably should not have.
As a 14 year old, he apparently posted some offensive content on Twitter. More specifically, some homophobic content. Which is a bad look and in the world we currently live---something that's going to get you some publicity you aren't going to like as Twitter can at times be a brutally ugly place where everything you tweet might at some point be held against you.
In case you are wondering, I'm not going to try and find what he posted---I'm just going to say it should not have been said on Social Media, nor should it have been said anywhere else. But he did something the current generation does without the thought or capacity to realize it may come back to haunt them.
If you ever attain any level of fame---it now will almost always come back to haunt you as there seems to be a subculture of people willing to mine your Social Media feed for something bad. They'll wait until you achieve something before dredging it up. And it becomes front page news on way too many websites.
Yeah, this was kind of my reason for posting this. I think Murray apologizing for what he said should be enough, should be acceptable. As should the sincere apology of anyone else who does something like it.
Hateful speech is never a good thing and should never happen. But it does or has.
You cannot in a rational universe hold what a 14 year old says against him 7-years after he says it. Unless you're an adult, the likelihood of a young teen understanding the hurtfulness and pain from their words is slim--at best.
A young teen is not capable of seeing the world in a way to allow them to understand the implications of what they said. Simply put, they can't process it.
So please just stop. Please stop being Twitter trolls. Please stop waiting for someone to achieve something great before dredging up something bad in their past.
I wish the world would do that. I know full well they won't....