FaZe Clan lands a multiple threat with addition of Kyler Murray to the family

First off, let’s put this in terms that Canadians will understand. And, by Canadians, we’re not talking with those who are obsessed with the Toronto Raptors or the Toronto Blue Jays. (Vaguely related, would someone kindly explain what the hell that Hogtown has that no other city in the country does—beside franchise in every major league except for the NFL? Like who made Toronto the Centre of the Universe?) But, anyways, back to putting things in a way that Canadians living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Quebec will understand. Would you be prouder to be associated with the NHL or FazeClan?

That question becomes an interesting one because of what’s happened in the life of Kyler Murray this week. Fans of traditional sports know the athlete as the number-one pick in the 2019 NFL draft. And, now, fans of esports know Murray as the latest addition to the FaZe clan family.

The gold-standard gaming and lifestyle organization has announced that the NFL quarterback has officially become a member of FaZe Clan. He will henceforth be known as FaZe K1. Those who’ve followed Murray on social media understand when the union makes sense. The part-time Cardinal can often be found online doing battle on a different kind of playing field.

Games that Murray has known to be obsessed with based in his Twitch channel include Call of Duty: Warzone and Madden NFL. That’s a tip-off that he doesn’t spend every waking hour running football plays in his head, or dreaming of one day leading the Cardinals to a Super Bowl championship with a dramatic overtime win.

“I grew up playing video games my whole life,” Murray said in a statement. “To be drafted by FaZe, to be a part of the family, it’s a blessing, it’s an honor.”

The 23-year-old from Bedford, Texas certainly knows what it’s like to experience the thrill of being drafted. He was also drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in 2018, which gives him a fallback in case the whole football thing doesn’t work out. Or his esports experiment with FaZe Clan.

All that out of the way, answer the question, namely who would you rather be associated with: an NHL team of an esports brand. Don’t bother answering if you’re from Toronto. So, NHL or FazeClan? Go Washington Capitals!!

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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