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Sam Bradford: Will he stay or will he go?

by Jenni Carlson Published: December 14, 2008
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photo - Sam Bradford may have an NFL-ready resume, but the Sooner quarterback has yet to say whether he’ll return for another season at OU or turn pro.  PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Sam Bradford may have an NFL-ready resume, but the Sooner quarterback has yet to say whether he’ll return for another season at OU or turn pro. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Add another honor to Sam Bradford’s already impressive resume.

Winner of the 2008 Heisman Trophy.

There may be more in the offing for the Oklahoma quarterback. A national championship. A spot among the gridiron greats. A legend in Sooner lore.

Many an OU fan believes if that happens, Bradford will have nothing left to prove and will declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

Why would he stay?

Hate to break it to the Sooner Nation, but Bradford will be asking himself that question regardless of what happens the rest of this season.

All early indications point to him being a high draft pick. He might be the first quarterback drafted and might be drafted in the top 10.

This is a year with a so-so quarterback crop, and with his 6-foot-4 frame, his pocket presence and his pinpoint precision, Bradford stands out. He fits the mold. He is the prototype.

Worst-case scenario, Bradford falls to the middle of the first round.

It’s a remarkable opportunity that he’s sure to think long and hard about. He said earlier this week that he would consider information about his draft status before making a decision about his future.

In the short term, that doesn’t mean much.

"I really ... don’t think there’s a whole lot as a player that you can do,” Bradford said. "Obviously, you go out every Saturday and try to show them what you have, but as far as the other stuff, I don’t think there’s a whole lot that I can do.”

But in the next month or so, he’ll have to make a decision. Underclassmen must declare for the draft by Jan. 15.

Should he stay, or should he go?

Again, why would he stay?

Sure, there’s the whole argument for getting a college degree, and Sam Bradford strikes me as a guy who will do just that. He’s a finance major with a 3.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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