Sam Bradford and Zac Robinson are gearing up for a showdown.
Not on the gridiron.
On the golf course.
"We’re getting on the golf course sometime soon
,” Bradford said.
"I’m gonna show him some stuff,” Robinson said.
Bradford raised an eyebrow.
"Not really,” Robinson said.
The Oklahoma State quarterback looked at the Oklahoma quarterback as they waited backstage Monday night at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Honors Banquet, and together, they laughed.
A quick warning to Sooners and Cowboys who are faint of heart — you might want to stop reading right here. What you are about to read could be hazardous to your health.
Bradford and Robinson are the faces of their teams, the leaders of the squads and the stars of the moment. They are the young men on opposite sides of the Bedlam battle.
They are also friends.
That’s right — friends.
Bradford agreed to do the FCA event at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in large part because Robinson would be there, and vice versa.
"Once I heard about the opportunity to speak with Sam, I thought it was a great opportunity to come out here and give my testimony,” Robinson said. "I jumped all over it.”
Ditto for Bradford.
"When they came to me and told me — ‘We have this idea; we want you and Zac to come and speak at our state banquet’ — I thought it was a great idea,” he said.
Monday night wasn’t the first time the Bedlam rivals shared their faith together, either. They gave their testimonies earlier this year at Bradford’s church.
It was something they had talked about doing for a year.
"We just hadn’t been able to work out a time,” Robinson said.
What? You guys busy or something?
"Yeah,” Bradford said, "I don’t know why
it didn’t work out.”
But really, these two know exactly why. They know the stresses that come with being a major-college quarterback. They know the strains that stem from being a well-known athlete.
Few have that first-hand knowledge like Bradford and Robinson. They live it every day, the good and the bad, the fame and the fishbowl.