Ringing the bellThe stock market has been on a steady decline the past year. Perhaps Sam Bradford’s golden touch will turn things around. Before flying back to Norman on Tuesday, Bradford will ring the bell to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Bradford will also attend a black-tie banquet in his honor Monday night, exclusive to former Heisman winners, members of the Heisman trust and OU representatives.
TAKING A HINT?Bradford has yet to reveal if he’s leaning toward coming back for his junior season or declaring for the NFL Draft. Saturday night, during his post-Heisman press conference, however, Bradford was asked if there’d be a chance for him to win a second Heisman Trophy. "I think so,” Bradford initially responded, before recanting somewhat. "Uh, we’ll see.”
BLAME IT ON SPURRIERDespite receiving the most first-place Heisman votes, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow finished third in the voting because he was left off many ballots. "They love us, or they hate us. They don’t ride on the fence. That’s Gator Nation,” Tebow said Saturday night. "I love that about us.” Where did this love-hate mentality come from? "I think it probably started with (Steve) Spurrier’s swagger, to tell you the truth, with how he handled his situations,” Tebow said of the ex-Florida coach. "It either drew people in or made people not like the Gators and the Swamp. I think everything started with him.” So Spurrier lost Tebow the Heisman? "No,” said Tebow, while cracking up at the reporter’s question. "I’m definitely not doing that. "Not at all.”
SPLITTING THE VOTEThough he won the Heisman vote, Bradford didn’t win in all voting areas. Bradford won the Far West, Northeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. But Texas quarterback Colt McCoy carried the Midwest, while Tebow dominated the South. Tebow was asked if there was any solace in winning the South and garnering 309 total first-place votes, the most of any finalist. "Not really,” he said. "If you lose, you lose.” Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, who finished 132 points behind winner Eric Crouch in 2001, is the only Heisman third-place finisher to come closer to the first-place point total than Tebow, who placed 151 points behind Bradford.
AN ENTICING PROSPECTESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen was asked Sunday morning about Bradford’s pro potential "A lot of people are enticed by his size,” Mortenson said of Bradford’s 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame. "But they’re also worried, like Matt Leinart, that he plays a lot of clean football,” referring to the fact that Bradford hasn’t had to face much defensive pressure. Despite attempting 442 passes, Bradford has only been sacked nine times this season.
THE SAMPSON FACTORAt the moment, Bradford’s hair is longer than it’s ever been since he came to Norman. And it’s not getting cut until after the Jan. 8 BCS National Championship. "Last year, my dad made me cut it before the bowl game and we lost,” Bradford said. "It’s not getting cut this time.” BY JAKE TROTTER