Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he had been looking forward to working with Kyler Murray, the A's 2018 top draft pick.
"We were all gung-ho to see him here — especially me," Henderson told Slusser. "You know me — I was like, 'Who's like me? Let me see him!'"
Murray received comparisons to Henderson for his power and speed. But his MLB career was sidelined after winning the Heisman Trophy. Murray officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and then on Feb. 11, he announced full commitment to a professional football career.
Henderson, a two-sport star at Oakland Tech High School, understands Murray's dilemma. Henderson was recruited to be a tailback and play baseball at USC and Arizona, among others, Slusser reports. But he ultimately chose baseball in support of his mother, Bobbie.