by Alex Poletti
Just hours after being drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kyler Murray has made another exciting announcement: he will co-host a party with sports journalist Skip Bayless inspired by their favorite book/movie, “The Great Gatsby.”
After arriving in a pink three-piece suit modeled after the wardrobe of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s nominal character, the Heisman winner found an unlikely ally in Skip Bayless, former co-host of “First Take” on ESPN2.
“WOW. Kyler Murray just said his favorite movie is ‘The Great Gatsby’? (My all-time favorite book),” Bayless tweeted. “He even mentioned ‘the green light across the bay’ from the movie/book that gives him hope? I did not know this about him. His stock just keeps going up.”
About thirty minutes after Murray was selected by the Cardinals, Bayless worked up the courage to talk to the quarterback.
“I have to admit, I was nervous at first,” Bayless, seated next to Murray, said in a “When Harry Met Sally”-style interview with The Second String. “I knew that I would kick myself if I didn’t talk to him, so I decided to go for it. I went up to him and said ‘Whenever you feel like criticising any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”
At first, the Oklahoma star was taken aback. However, once he was informed that the weird string of words recited to him was a quote from “The Great Gatsby,” he changed his tune.
“It was so nice to find another Gatsby lover,” Murray recalls. “It’s a big part of who I am, and I’m just so glad I could find someone to share it with.”
After hitting it off, the two decided it was best to announce their friendship publicly by throw a dinner party based on the work. Murray is in charge of decorations and the guest list, while Bayless is providing the food.
“Cooking as actually a big part of my family,” the Oklahoma native explains. “So I’m excited to bring a little piece of my personal history to this 1920s fiasco.”
It is unclear at this point whether the quarterback will reuse the same suit from the draft or if he will make another purchase. When asked why they decided to throw a party, the two looked at each other warmly before Murray responded in the best way he knew how:
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”