A day in the life of a Heisman winner

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: December 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm •  Published: December 15, 2008
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photo - Oklahoma football player  Sam  Bradford puts his hands on the original Heisman Trophy, which is on display at the Sports Museum of America, after being awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Oklahoma football player Sam Bradford puts his hands on the original Heisman Trophy, which is on display at the Sports Museum of America, after being awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
NEW YORK — Oklahoma’s sophomore quarterback woke up with a new title Sunday morning.

Sam Bradford: the 74th Heisman Trophy winner.

"It’s going to be cool when we get back home,” he says.

Too bad for Bradford that Heisman winners don’t get to sleep much the day after winning the award.

Bradford; his parents Kent and Martha; family friend and Oklahoma Christian golf coach Kelsey Cline; OU sports information director Kenny Mossman; Rob Garguilo from the Heisman trust; two reporters; a photographer; and the Heisman Trophy comprise Bradford’s entourage Sunday.

Before the group leaves the Hilton, one man recognizes Martha from TV and says, "Your son is the best; everyone was talking about Tebow this, Tebow that, but your son...”

The first stop, about 8:25, is the Fox News Channel, where Bradford is a scheduled guest on Fox & Friends with Dave Briggs, Alisyn Camerota, and Clayton Morris.

First, Bradford is asked to pick four NFL games. He goes with the Panthers, Giants, Steelers and Jets.

Bradford is asked another a question he might as well get used to. Will he leave for the NFL Draft?

"We’ll see,” he says. "It’s a long time before I have to make that decision.”

Briggs, Morris and Bradford go outside to throw the football into a net on-air. Bradford, wisely, abstains.

Everyone worries Morris is going to overthrow the net and tag a cab driving down 6th Avenue. He doesn’t.

For the crew, Bradford signs a copy of Sports Illustrated that featured him on the cover last month before leaving the studio.

Bradford’s SportsCenter appearance is canceled, apparently because ESPN can’t get a truck out to Manhattan.

So, the group heads for the CBS College Sports studio.

On the way, Kent points out that he has never been to New York before and how amazing the city is.

Said Kent, "I can’t believe how many tall buildings there are.” Not a bad way to see New York for the first time, watching your son win the Heisman.


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