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Kyler Murray has chosen football over baseball Julian Love Jersey , at least for now. It is anyone’s guess when the world will see another athlete with the skills and opportunity to have such a choice.The Oakland Athletics selected Murray ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft last June. He then went out and won the Heisman Trophy in his only year as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, declared for the NFL draft last month and picked the NFL over MLB on Monday.Few athletes have positioned themselves to have such dynamic options. And in this age of youth sports specialization, it may become rarer still.Deion Sanders played pro football and baseball, and “Prime Time” has a special place in his heart for athletes who excel at a high level in both sports. He wishes more young men had the same opportunities as Murray, but laments that youth sports coaches often encourage kids to pick one main sport at an early age.“You’ve got some idiot in a youth league telling a kid, ‘If you just focus on this one thing, you’re going to be great,'” Sanders said. “Then, you’ve got the same (kind of) idiot in high school — ‘You’re not going to play this other sport because I’m not going to let you start until you dedicate yourself.'”Sports specialization has drawn a lot of attention in recent years, with baseball greats such as John Smoltz suggesting it can hurt young players simply because of the wear and tear. Still, many believe it has its place.After all, most athletes don’t have the gifts of Murray, Sanders or Bo Jackson, the 1986 Heisman winner for Auburn who was an All-Star for the Kansas City Royals in 1989 and made the Pro Bowl for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. Tom Westerberg, Murray’s football coach at Allen (Texas) High School who now coaches at Barbers Hill (Texas) High, said even the really good ones often are best served honing their skills in one sport.“Athletes like him (Murray) come around once in a long time, with that athletic ability and been doing it for that long,” Westerberg said. “How many Deion Sanderses have there been? You can name the Bo Jacksons, the Deion Sanderses — you can name those guys on one hand. So it’s not that all of a sudden you tell a kid to play multiple sports and you’re going to get a ton of Kyler Murrays and Deion Sanderses.'”And having options comes with complications and questions.Back in 1992, Sanders played cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons during the day in Miami, then flew to Pittsburgh to join his Atlanta Braves teammates for a National League Championship Series game. Sanders looked back at that day during a recent ESPN documentary called “Deion’s Double Play.”Sanders’ true love was football, and it was his focus. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and had a productive baseball career, but he offered a glimpse of what might have been during the 1992 World Series Darius Slayton Jersey , when he hit .533 with four runs, eight hits and two doubles in four games.“I regret often that I didn’t put a lot more into the game of baseball,” Sanders said. “I really do. I have those thoughts often.”Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson said being special in both sports requires brains, too. Murray said he has been clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, yet Johnson said his unusually high intellect is what allowed him to progress in both sports.“To have the thought process that Kyler has, to go through the things that he has, to learn (Oklahoma football coach) Lincoln Riley’s system, to learn our system in baseball — it just goes to show you what kind of aptitude that guy has as an athlete,” Johnson said.Dr. Mininder Kocher, a professor at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, has contributed to research that shows youth sports specialization is on the rise. He said the fact that Murray played both football and baseball for so long might have helped him excel in both.“On one hand, he clearly is sort of a unique athlete — maybe genetically or maybe just intrinsic athleticism that he can be so good at two different sports,” Kocher said. “Some of that might just be a blip, that he’s that good of an athlete. Part of it is that there are transferrable skills. It’s good for the body to be doing different sports because you’re not doing the same movement patterns over and over and over again.”Murray’s success makes Johnson more than willing to look for more multi-sport superstars. Last season, Murray hit .296, had a .556 slugging percentage and hit 10 home runs in 189 at bats for the Sooners.“There’s more athletes out there that can do the same thing,” Johnson said.____ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid has always been considered an offensive-minded head coach, whether it’s because he played along the offensive line in college or tutored the likes of Brett Favre once he reached the NFL.So his response wasn’t all that surprising this week when the Chiefs coach was asked who generally comes out on top when an potent offense goes up against a shutdown defense.“This thing is based on a point system,” Reid said with a wry grin. “Pretty simple there.”Well, points might be at a premium even for the Chiefs’ potent attack Sunday, because Reid and Co. are getting precisely what he was asked about: The Baltimore Ravens are rolling into Arrowhead Stadium boasting the league’s top-ranked defense for an intriguing matchup between playoff contenders.The AFC West-leading Chiefs (10-2) are tops in the NFL in scoring at 37 points per game. They also lead in yards per play, are third in yards passing and in the top five in most other categories.The Ravens (7-5) T.J. Hockenson Jersey , who are a game back of Pittsburgh in the loss column in the AFC North, allow a league-best 17.8 points per game. They’re also No. 1 in total yards, second in yards passing and third in yards rushing, while their 35 sacks also rank among the best in the NFL.“We’re going to face, arguably, the best offense in the league on Sunday. We just have to go to work,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I know that’s what you always hear, but that’s really got to be the focus. Just keep it about that.”As for the Chiefs, their focus can return to what happens on the field.They were preparing for last week’s trip to Oakland when video surfaced that showed star running back Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman in a hotel hallway in February. By the time they took the field 48 hours later, Hunt had been released and Spencer Ware had taken over as the starter in a 40-33 victory.Now, the veteran running back will have a week’s worth of work as their No. 1 running back behind him, and just in time to face the Ravens and their rugged defensive front.“They’ve got a lot of size up front, and on their defense overall, but it’s the same mentality,” Ware said. “We’re going to try to get in there and control the football.”The Ravens have likewise become a ground-oriented attack with elusive Lamar Jackson under center, and with the emergence of Gus Edwards at running back. They’ve had at least 200 yards rushing in each of their past three wins, becoming the first team since the 2010 Jaguars to accomplish that feat.“I just play ball. I don’t think about all that when I’m out there,” Jackson said. “It’s just moving the ball, get positive possessions, don’t get negative plays and stuff like that. I just want to move the ball downfield, hopefully get in the red zone and score points.”As the Ravens prepare to visit Kansas City on Sunday, here are some other things to know:TEACHER VS STUDENTHarbaugh was hired in 2008 by Ray Rhodes and retained when Reid took over as Philadelphia’s coach in 2009, working first with special teams and then with the secondary.Harbaugh and Reid went to a Super Bowl together with the Eagles in 2004 http://www.lionscheapstore.com/jahlani-tavai-jersey-cheap , before Harbaugh left for Baltimore in 2008.“Who you start with really makes a big difference,” said Harbaugh, who won the Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012. “If you start with people that do it the right way it just gives you a chance, gives you a leg up. And Andy, for me, was a big part of that in every way.”PLENTY OF OPTIONSWhen Jackson runs the run-pass option, he’s got plenty of backs from which to choose. Edwards has been receiving the majority of carries lately, though his string of 100-yard games ended in Atlanta in part because Kenneth Dixon and Ty Montgomery combined for 11 attempts. Dixon ran for 37 yards, but he also had one of the Ravens’ four fumbles in the game.“The good thing is,” Harbaugh said, “he recovered it right away.”BELIEF IN BERRYChiefs safety Eric Berry could make his season debut after hurting his heel early in training camp. He never landed on injured reserve, but the Chiefs held their star playmaker out of action until coming back from their bye last week. He didn’t play in Oakland, but he now has two weeks of practice under him and Reid said it is possible that he is active on Sunday.WEST’S RETURNThe Chiefs signed former running back Charcandrick West to provide depth after Hunt’s release, and don’t be surprised if he is active on Sunday. West is familiar with the offense, and he is excellent as both a pass-catcher and blocker in the passing game, making him useful against the Baltimore defense.“Home is always the best-case scenario,” West said of his return. “This is my family.”FORECAST FOR FOOTBALLFreezing temperatures are expected Sunday, and some wonder how Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will respond to them. He played collegiately at Texas Tech, and the bye coupled with a trip to Oakland the past few weeks means his experience in frigid weather is limited.“I don’t think it changes at all. Coach Reid has us outside every single day,” he said. “But it will be awesome to be back at Arrowhead. Hopefully we can stay here more than these last three (regular-season) games. Hopefully we can use home-field advantage to our advantage.”

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