Glitzy OU quarterback gig comes with sacrifice

By Jake Trotter Published: August 24, 2008
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NORMAN — There's little time for Big Man on Campus moments for Sam Bradford. Other than an occasional dinner out with family or friends, Sam Bradford has little free time.

That's the dirty part of what is otherwise considered the most glamorous job in the state — quarterback at the University of Oklahoma.

"You definitely put in more hours than other guys on the team,” Bradford said.

Bradford is coming off one of the finest seasons by a freshman in college football history.

He tossed an NCAA freshman-record 36 touchdowns to just eight interceptions while leading the nation in passing efficiency.

Achieving that took hours of preparation watching film before practice or perfecting his footwork after it.

Bradford is usually the first player to walk in the Switzer Center every day. And often, the last to leave.

"During the season, we come in early, maybe before workouts in the morning, and then back again for meetings in the afternoon,” Bradford said. "We're up here a lot with extra meetings, extra film work, just trying to get better.”

The extra work doesn't stop when the season ends. To be successful, the extra work stretches year-round.

"In the off-season, the quarterbacks are watching film together, looking at things we can improve on,” Bradford said.




Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford threw 36 touchdowns as a freshman last season. By Chris Landsberger, The Okahoman

How I do what I do

Sam Bradford explains what it's really like when you're working the dirty job of being a quarterback:

"During the season, we come in early, maybe before workouts in the morning, and then back again for meetings in the afternoon. We're up here a lot with extra meetings, extra film work, just trying to get better.

"In the off-season, the quarterbacks are watching film together, looking at things we can improve on. We do extra footwork in the summer, trying to get better. A lot of extra time goes into what we do.”

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