To stay or to go
OU’s Sam Bradford will soon face a tough decision — return to college football or head to the NFL. Several quarterbacks before him have faced the same question. Here’s a look at the decisions of two who stayed and two who left:
After his junior season at Tennessee, Manning was projected as the top overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. With his degree already finished, many believed he would leave school.
Manning stayed in Knoxville for his senior season.
The Vols won the SEC championship but failed to win a national title. Manning also finished behind Charles Woodson in the Heisman Trophy balloting. The next spring, however, Manning received a nice consolation prize, being selected first overall in the NFL Draft. In the decade since, he’s become one of the league’s best.
A relative unknown before the 2003 season, he became an intriguing NFL prospect after leading Miami (Ohio) to an undefeated season.
Roethlisberger decided to leave Oxford for the NFL.
Pittsburgh drafted him No. 11 overall and planned to use him sparingly for a year or two as he learned the system. But by the third game of his rookie season, Roethlisberger was the starter.