Can Kyler Murray continue legendary winning ways with Cardinals?


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kyler Murray's high school résumé is a thing of football lore in Texas.
Forty-two wins. No losses. Three straight state championships. Three championship game MVPs. Gatorade Player of the Year.
"It's unbelievable," said Tom Westerberg, Murray's coach at Allen High School. "We played at the highest classification in the state of Texas, and to know that we ran the table three times with him, it's unbelievable."
Unbelievable? Yes. Incredible? Yes. New? No.
Murray, the quarterback taken No. 1 overall in the NFL draft last month by the Arizona Cardinals, didn't start winning when he transferred to Allen before his sophomore year. By then, he'd been doing it for years. All he has ever done is win, and he has done it at every level. Now he joins a Cardinals team that finished 3-13 last season and has reached the playoffs just four times this millennium.
Kyle Nelson was on the board of the Lewisville Football Association in 2002 when a friend told him he had to watch one of the flag football players in the 5-6 age group. Nelson, understandably, wasn't interested.
Then he watched Murray -- as a 5-year-old -- score five touchdowns in the first half.
"I was like, 'Wow, this kid is pretty special,'" said Nelson, now the league president. "I just remember watching him just pretty much dominate that game as a 5-year-old."