Kyler Murray and Greg Little were once dominating Texas high school football as teammates at Allen High School.
On Wednesday night, they were reunited as finalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
“It’s always a good time when we link up,” Little said.
“We wouldn’t be here if not for our teammates and coaches,” Murray said. “Just being here with him, he’s one of my best friends. It’s obviously a cool deal for me and him to be here together.”
The duo led the Eagles to undefeated seasons and state championships in 2013 and 2014. Murray was the quarterback and Little was one of his offensive linemen.
Murray shared a story of when Little first moved to Allen.
“He played tight end, and we were playing 7-on-7,” Murray said. “He ran a corner route and tripped over himself. Ever since then, we’ve been best friends.”
Murray went on to Texas A&M before transferring to the University of Oklahoma. Little graduated high school a year after Murray and then went to play at the University of Mississippi.
“He was somebody I was always with every day,” Murray said. “We grinded together and grew up together, but now I don’t get to see him as much, so it’s a huge honor for us to get to do this together. It’s something we will be able to talk about for the rest of our lives.”
Murray was announced as the winner of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. He also won the Heisman Trophy this season after throwing for 3,675 yards and 37 touchdowns, while also running for 853 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Sooners.
Murray, the No. 9 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, now has the option of pursuing a professional baseball career, entering the NFL Draft or returning to Oklahoma for one more season.
When asked about his future on Wednesday, Murray declined to answer, but said he’s grateful to have the opportunities he’s had.
“There are so many people to thank that have influenced my life and my sports career,” Murray said. “As far as football goes, I don’t know. I wish I had a movie. Everything about it has been crazy, fun and kind of surreal.”
When Earl Campbell was asked about Murray, he said, “Kyler reminds me of myself a bit. He had a chance to be a part of teams where he was the main man. It was impressive, like a one-man demolition.”
Little was the first offensive lineman chosen as a finalist for the award.
“It’s an honor to be with this group of guys, skill guys,” Little said.
When asked about his message to those skill guys, Little said, “We’re sexy, too.”
Little was also honored to be considered for an award with Campbell’s name on it.
“He is Texas football,” Little said. “I’m a lineman so I love to eat. I love his hot links. It’s an honor sitting next to a guy like this that is so impactful to Texas football.”
And Campbell was happy to give some recognition to an offensive lineman.
“Being a running back, I am happy there is an offensive lineman this year,” Campbell said. “Big guys deserve some attention, as well.”