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The ESPYs, the biggest sports awards show of the year, will take place Wednesday night on ESPN.

The best athletes in the world, such as Stephen Curry, J.J. Watt, and Ronda Rousey will be at the Staples Center as nominees for some of the highest sports honors in the world.

However, this year, a familiar face to Texas high school football fans will appear at the ESPYs to accept the highest high school athlete honor.


Former Allen Eagles QB Kyler Murray will be in Los Angeles Wednesday night to be honored for the Gatorade Male High School Player of the Year.

The award was officially presented to him on Tuesday night.

In his acceptance speech he explained how grateful he was for the award.

“I just want to thank my family for always being there for me,” Murray said.

“I want to thank Gatorade for this award, it’s very prestigious and I don’t take it for granted.”

Murray beat out other stellar nominees such as basketball player Ben Simmons, TCU baseball commit Luken Baker from Conroe, TX, and many more.

Candace Hill, a sophomore track-and-field star was awarded the Gatorade Female Player of the Year award.

Murray joins an elite group of athletes such as Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins, and Texas stars such as Garrett Gilbert and Johnathon Gray to win the prestigious award presented by Gatorade.

At Tuesday night’s award dinner, athletes J.J. Watt, Abby Wambach, Draymond Green, Demarco Murray, and many more were in attendance to honor the Allen star.

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Murray gives his acceptance speech as J.J. Watt, Karl-Anthony Towns, Draymond Green, and Landon Donovan look on.

It’s truly amazing how Murray got to this point in his career.

Kyler Murray went from a scrawny sophomore with dreams to a three-time state champion and a Gatorade POY award winner.

His legacy will never be doubted, because of his pure domination in Texas’ highest class of football. A record of 43-0 and nearly 15,000 total career yards proves just how legendary he was.

The award could not have gone to a better player.

Out of hundreds of thousands of high school athletes, two were chosen for this award. That sounds difficult for you but if you ask Murray, expect him to say…

“It’s easy.”

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