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Tramel: Bradford can cement his place in history with a hardware double

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 14, 2008 at 5:07 pm •  Published: December 13, 2008
Sam Bradford called it unreal. And kept calling it unreal. I counted three times in his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech Saturday night.

Good a word as any for the Slingin' Sammy Heisman story.

Unreal that Bradford almost went to Texas Tech (where he would still be sitting behind Graham Harrell) before Bob Stoops ponied up a scholarship offer in May 2005.

Unreal that the newest Mr. Heisman needed Rhett Bomar to move on down the road to free up the Oklahoma quarterback derby.

Unreal that in Oklahoma, America's American Indian capital, the state's brightest hero is 1/16th Cherokee, which in Tahlequah and beyond will make Bradford more popular than Sequoyah.

Unreal that a kid who grew up with Josh Heupel for a hero now has been coached to the grandest trophy in sport by that same Heupel.

Maybe not as unlikely a tale as the Jason White Heisman saga, but here's where Sammy B. can trump White and every other Sooner legend.

Win the Big Bowl. Win a national championship and the Heisman in the same season, which no Sooner has ever done.

Not White. Not Billy Vessels or Steve Owens.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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