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Allen alum Kyler Murray won three UIL state championships and posted a 42-0 record during his high school career.

From winning three state championships in high school to being picked in the top 10 of the MLB draft last summer to capturing the Heisman Trophy in his first year as a starting quarterback in college, Allen alum Kyler Murray's athletic career continues to reach new heights.

Add one more milestone to the ever-growing resume of the former Eagle, who on Thursday was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Murray was on site at the draft, held in Nashville, Tenn., and was the first draftee to walk across the stage and shake hands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, culminating the latest chapter in what has been a wild journey to the pros for the Allen alum.

Amassing a 42-0 record and three UIL state titles during his days lighting up the gridiron inside Eagle Stadium, Murray's professional future looked to initially be on the baseball field after being picked by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The Athletics afforded Murray the opportunity to suit up as the starting quarterback for Oklahoma later that fall, where the former Eagle took the college football world by storm with one of the great individual seasons in the sport's history.

Helming Oklahoma to a 12-1 record, including a fourth consecutive Big 12 championship, Murray passed for 4,361 yards – on a 69.0 completion percentage – ran for 1,001 yards – 7.2 yards per carry – and totaled 54 touchdowns as the anchor of the nation’s No. 1 offense in total yards and scoring. Prior to the college football playoffs, Murray's quarterback rating of 205.7 was tops all-time among college football passers, according to Sports-Reference.com.

Capturing the Heisman Trophy in December, Murray's NFL draft stock rose by the week -- noteworthy considering he wasn't even discussed as a pro football prospect prior to the 2018 season -- colliding headstrong with his future on the baseball diamond. The gridiron won out, with Murray announcing his intentions to enter the NFL draft the following month a commitment to football over baseball in February.

Two months later, Murray is bound for an Arizona team that posted just a 3-13 record last year en route to earning the No. 1 pick. According to projections from Spotrac, Murray can expect to sign a four-year contract worth approximately $34.9 million, including a $23.4 million signing bonus.

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