Sam Bradford is prepping for the NFL and financial security

Former Sooner star Sam Bradford is attending classes this week along with other NFL rookies to learn how to live as a professional football player. One of the first lessons is personal finances.

BY DON MECOY Modified: July 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm •  Published: June 30, 2010
Former Sooner football star Sam Bradford is preparing for his first payday, which promises to be a doozy.

Bradford, the top overall pick in this year's NFL draft, is expected to soon sign a deal with the St. Louis Rams that will pay him in the neighborhood of $50 million in guaranteed money. That's a pretty fancy neighborhood for a guy who was in college until just recently.

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NFL No. 1 draft picks and initial contracts

Year Player Position Contract
2010 Sam Bradford QB Unsigned
2009 Matthew Stafford QB Six years, up to $78 million,

$41.7 million guaranteed

2008 Jake Long OT Five years, $57.75 million,

$30 million guaranteed

2007 JaMarcus Russell QB Six years, $68 million,

$32 million guaranteed

2006 Mario Williams DE Six years, $54 million,

$26.5 million guaranteed

2005 Alex Smith QB Six years, $49.5 million,

$24 million guaranteed

2004 Eli Manning QB Six years, $45 million,

$20 million guaranteed

2003 Carson Palmer QB Seven years, $49 million,

$10 million guaranteed

2002 David Carr QB Seven years, $46.2 million,

$10.9 million guaranteed

SOURCE: The Associated Press.

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