Never watched Star Wars, Kyler Murray has.
You wouldn’t have known it, nonetheless, after the manner in which he celebrated a pivotal touchdown in Sunday’s 34-33 success over the Minnesota Vikings. After the third-year Arizona Cardinals quarterback ran in for a 12-yard touchdown late in the subsequent quarter, Murray celebrated by sitting in a lotus position rearward of the end zone.
His seventeenth profession surging touchdown broke a bind with Jim Hart for the most by a Cardinals quarterback since 1950.
The internet immediately perceived Murray’s posture as the same one that Baby Yoda – also known as Grogu, or “The Child” – does in the “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian.” However, honoring the little man wasn’t Murray’s goal.
“I’ve never watched ‘Star Wars’ before,” Murray said. “I got to my phone and I see people talking about Baby Yoda, but I had no clue what that was. I wasn’t intending to do that. I’ve never watched ‘Star Wars’ before so I don’t know — it’s too long.”
Despite the fact that Murray attempted to make light of the “Star Wars” connection, it didn’t help that external linebacker Chandler Jones took care of into the internet’s frenzy.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury shared his considerations on Murray’s inexperience with the classic film series.
“I was pretty heartbroken that Kyler’s never seen ‘Star Wars,’ because from about age 4 to 9,” Kingsbury explained, “I wanted nothing more in life than to be Luke Skywalker, so I think he could learn some from that trilogy, if you will.”