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OU's Sam Bradford is living his dream

by Berry Tramel Published: January 15, 2009
NORMAN — Sam Bradford decided that he had something money couldn’t buy. His dream.

"I dreamed about playing at Oklahoma since I was little,” the Sooner quarterback said Wednesday in announcing he would return for his junior season and forego the NFL Draft.

"No need to cut this experience short.”

Many are the reasons to go to the NFL. Many are the reasons to stick with the campus life. There was no right or wrong answer.

Slingin’ Sammy said so himself.

But it still was a little bit refreshing to hear someone romanticize the college days, and to know that teammates Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams all made the same decision.

Quite a switch from a year ago, when Malcolm Kelly, Curtis Lofton and Reggie Smith all jumped to the NFL, much to Bob Stoops’ chagrin.

"Sends a great message to other young people,” Stoops said.

Lose a load of early entry players one year, then a load the next, and suddenly your football program becomes an NFL farm team. Sammy B. and the boys stemmed that tide.

Stoops’ theory has been consistent for years. Almost every player should return.

He’ll get bigger, stronger, faster and more draftable. Thus, he’ll make more money and graduate, too, or come much closer.

Of course, that’s easy for a football coach making $3 million to say.

Stoops is mostly right, economically.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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