by Jenni Carlson Modified: May 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm •  Published: May 18, 2010

NORMAN — Sam Bradford spent Monday preparing for the St. Louis Rams’ first offseason workout combining rookies like him with veterans.

Jason White spent the day playing golf.

The former Oklahoma quarterbacks have vastly different lives. Bradford is the overall No. 1 draft pick who is carrying the hopes of a franchise on his shoulders, one of which is surgically repaired. White is a husband, a father, a businessman and the headliner for the Oklahoma Heisman Swing for Hope Charity Golf Classic.

Bradford looks poised to achieve what White and every other Sooner quarterback in recent history failed to do — make it big in the NFL.

White couldn’t be happier for him or prouder of him.

"You look at it as this is a guy who was raised in Oklahoma just like me,” White said before the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation’s annual fund-raiser started Monday afternoon at Belmar Golf Club. "We have a lot of the same interests and stuff.”

Both lived crimson-and-cream boyhood dreams.

Both won a Heisman Trophy and Sooner hearts.

But where the NFL is concerned, their stories are vastly different. Bradford could be under center for the Rams when the season begins. White went undrafted and never played a snap in the NFL.

The difference?

Health.

"I know for a fact it was,” White said.

Back in the spring of 2005, Tennessee offered to sign White to a two-year contract if he could make the roster as an undrafted free agent. He spent three months with the Titans, going through drills, sitting through meetings and learning their system.

"You have everything you need,” White remembers Titans coach Jeff Fisher telling him. "You can throw the deep route. You can throw the deep out. You know the terminology.”

The only thing White didn’t have was a good knee. Both of his had been surgically repaired in college after anterior cruciate ligament tears.

"Are you going to make it another two weeks?” Fisher said to White.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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