The Oklahoma Sooners reintroduced their seventh Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, during halftime of the annual Red-White Game. As part of that, Murray greeted the crowd and offered a little bit of a jab at the school he initially chose out of high school.
“I had a rocky start to my college career, I chose the wrong school,” Murray said. “I told my Pops I should’ve been here all along. Winning the Heisman has always been a dream of mine…To see this, everyone supporting me, I couldn’t dream of this. It means the world.”
Earlier in the day, Murray was officially immortalized along with all the other former Oklahoma Sooner greats to have earned the Heisman Trophy. His statue was erected in Heisman Park Saturday morning before the program’s annual Red-White Spring Game.
As part of the special event, Party Pics took photos of fans next to Murray’s statue until 2 p.m. Fans were then able to see Murray’s on-field celebration for all of his accomplishments while at Oklahoma and for claiming his permanent spot at Heisman Park, which he addressed in the speech.
Baker Mayfield, of course, was honored in a similar ceremony at last year’s Red-White Game after he took down college football’s most prestigious award a year earlier than Murray. Mayfield was crowned the Heisman winner in 2017, with Murray joining the fraternity in 2018.
“Man, this is crazy,” Murray said at the time. “I’ve worked my whole life to fulfill my goals, but at the same time I know there’s a higher power looking down on me. He enables me to do all things, and for that I’m grateful for the many blessings that God has blessed me with. Also, I want to congratulate my boys here, Tua [Tagovailoa] and Dwayne [Haskins], for their two historic seasons. It’s been an honor to be with you guys the past two days and meet you all, be with y’all’s families, and I just want to say congratulations to you all.”
That season, the electric Sooner signal caller threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. He also rushed for another 1,001 yards and 12 scores on 140 carries.
Murray directed the Sooners to a 12-2 record, Big 12 Championship and berth in the College Football Playoff. The Big 12 Title was the program’s fourth of five straight at the time and the CFP appearance the third in four years.