NORMAN — Sam Bradford returned from a Heisman Trophy-winning season to spend another fall in the Oklahoma Sooner uniform he’d dreamed of wearing his entire life.
But seven games into the season, his Sooner career likely is over. On Sunday he announced plans to undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder and enter the NFL Draft on April 22. "I came back to play, not sit on the bench,” Bradford said in a news release from the school. "That’s the reason I tried to play after the injury. I’m very disappointed that it didn’t work out differently.” Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform the surgery on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. "We want Sam to pursue the best option for his recovery and future,” coach Bob Stoops said in the release. "We obviously feel this is best for his long-range future. Sam has led us to two Big 12 championships and an appearance in the national title game. ... We appreciate the incredible contributions he has made to this program and university.” The school’s release said Bradford will enter the draft only if the recovery goes as anticipated. Rehabilitation time for the injury is four to six months. "I’ll be up to the challenge,” Bradford said.