TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray held an unscheduled press conference on Thursday to defend himself against the backlash he’s received from the independent study addendum that was added to his contract.
Murray spoke for about 11 minutes, saying he felt it was necessary to explain himself.
He said it was “disrespectful” that outsiders thought he would reach the levels he’s at — a starting quarterback in the NFL — without being a “student of the game.”
“It’s almost a joke,” he said.
Murray said playing quarterback is too hard to do without studying a significant amount of film.
“I’m flattered that y’all think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it serious,” he said.
Murray, who’s usually reserved when it comes to talking about himself, admitted his surprise appearance was out of character.
He also listed his accomplishments — going undefeated in high school, winning the Heisman, going in the first round in the NFL and MLB drafts, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and being a two-time pro bowler.
He then cited his size — 5-foot-10 — and said he’s already “behind the eight ball.”
“I can’t afford to take any shortcuts, no pun intended,” he said. “Those are things you can’t accomplish if you don’t prepare the right way.