At the outset of a new season, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray isn’t interested in yet again recounting the signature play of his career – one of the most spectacular game winners in NFL history.
“It was a great play,” Murray said. “But I don’t want to be known just for that.”
Of course, there’s no chance of that happening. As Murray, only the fifth Black quarterback selected No. 1 overall in NFL history, begins his third season, he’s anything but a one-hit wonder.
Already, Murray has been selected both as Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowler. He has produced consecutive strong seasons statistically while emerging as one of the game’s most effective dual-threat signal-callers. Although Murray enjoys individual accolades as much as the next star passer, team success is what drives him, and he measures up well there, too: Arizona had three more victories last season than in Murray’s first. Now, Murray and the Cardinals want more.
After a second-half collapse extended the club’s playoff drought to five seasons, the Cardinals expect to make a major move in the NFC West standings behind Murray, who’s thrilled that management added perennial Pro Bowler A.J. Green and promising rookie Rondale Moore to a receiving corps led by All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. Steadily, the Cardinals have been building toward accomplishing something significant, Murray said, and it’s time for them to complete a big phase of the project.