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Fans flock from all around to meet the Sooners

By Robert Przybylo Modified: August 7, 2008 at 6:51 am •  Published: August 7, 2008
NORMAN — When the clock struck 10:30 a.m., John Ferrell was off and running to find Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

Ferrell, 10, was one of hundreds of kids running through the OU rugby fields Wednesday morning with items for various Sooners to sign at Meet the Sooners Day.

Not many had the same trek in reaching Norman.

The Ferrell family drove from Plano, Texas, at 2 a.m. and reached Norman at 5. Even so, the Ferrells weren't the first people in line. They were third.

However, Ferrell sprinted faster than the other two and was the first person to reach Bradford.

"This is the third time we've been here, so we kind of knew what to expect,” Ferrell said. "It never gets old.”

Ferrell's mission was to get all the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends to sign a miniature helmet because he hopes to play one of those positions when he gets older.

This wasn't the first time Ferrell had Bradford sign memorabilia. Bradford signed his items last year, too. But Bradford's situation this year is different from last year, when he was an unproven quarterback. There are no questions about Bradford's potential this season.

"He's so good, and he's such a nice guy,” Ferrell said.

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