We all know that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were an unstoppable pair back in the day. Both players won three NBA Championships between 2000-2002. The duo is widely regarded as one of the deadliest combos to ever play in the NBA. However, they had their own internal feuds.
The Lakers eventually opted to let O’ Neal depart for Miami Heat in 2002. They chose to stick with Kobe in the driving seat and won two more NBA Championships with the ‘Black Mamba’. A similar head-to-head battle is brewing in the NFL right now.
A certain NFL analyst opines that right now if he had to make a similar choice between Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, he would go with the former. Murray has been terrific under Kliff Kingsbury in 2020.
He has thrown for 2,100+ yards more in eight games. Last season it took Murray 16 games to rush for 544 yards. This year, he’s already rushed for 543 yards in just 8 games.
On the latest segment of ESPN’s Get Up, co-host Ryan Clark went on a one-minute ‘Kyler Murray appreciation rant’. In fact, the former Pittsburgh Steelers man even went on to compare Murray with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
He said, “If Kyler Murray, right now, was the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, we’d have much more confidence in them to win the Super Bowl period. We would, It wouldn’t be a discussion.”
“If Kyler Murray is the quarterback in this (Baltimore Ravens) team. I see them in the AFC Championship going toe to toe head to head with the Kansas City Chiefs because he does add that extra dimension. And this is not knocking Lamar Jackson at all. Sometimes you got to choose between Kobe and Shaq…you got to make these decisions.”
“And in making this decision if you were starting your team, Kyler Murray would be your guy. It’s not that I wouldn’t take Lamar. It’s just that what I’ve seen from them. Even with Lamar winning the MVP, if I had to put one at quarterback and say this guy takes ‘X’ team to the championship, I’d always pick Kyler Murray first,” Clark said on the show.
As far as numbers are concerned, Murray is definitely ahead of Jackson in multiple categories. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback beats Jackson in passing yards and rushing yards’ stats. Can he beat the Florida-born quarterback to the NFL MVP trophy as well?