ARLINGTON, Texas — It's been a disappointing season for Sam Bradford.
Bradford's St. Louis Rams are 0-6 after Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner got an extra dose of disappointment when he was unable to play in a game just a three-hour drive from his hometown.
Bradford, an Oklahoma City native who played at Putnam City North, suffered an ankle injury in last week's loss at Green Bay.
The 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year spoke with The Oklahoman about the Rams' season so far, his friend DeMarco Murray's record performance and Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.
How disappointing was it to not be out there today?
“It was very disappointing. Of all our road games, this was the one I was the most excited about, to have the opportunity to play so close to home and have so many people come down and watch me. It's a game I've had circled for a long time, and when I got hurt last week, it was the first thing I thought about. I gave everything I had this week to try and get ready, but unfortunately it just wasn't quite strong enough to get out there and play today.
What were you doing during the game as a team leader who couldn't play?
“I just try to keep everyone up, keep everyone positive. When A.J. (Feeley) came to the sideline, I was just trying to help him out and tell him things I was seeing. I just tried to be there for anyone who had questions, and just be a motivator basically.”
What did you think of DeMarco Murray's performance?
“It was great. Obviously, I would love to see him have that type of performance against anyone else but us. DeMarco is one of my best friends, and to get to watch him play today is pretty special.”
Can you talk about the season so far, and what it's going to take to get it turned around?
“There's no doubt that this has been about as disappointing as it could get. We've just gotta keep grinding, keep fighting. I know that's what I'm doing; I'm working as hard as I can to get this thing turned around and I think everyone in our building is doing the same. We all have faith; we've bought into our systems. Eventually it's gonna click; eventually our hard work is going to pay off.”
Do you think you'll be able to play next week against New Orleans?
“I can't answer that. I'm gonna do everything I can to get ready to go next week. We'll see.”
Did you watch Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech last night?
“I did watch the game last night. It was a tough loss. But, in my experience, there's still a lot of football left to be played for those guys. I hope that they don't get too down on themselves, because they're gonna win the Big 12 if they win out, and the winner of the Big 12 has always got a shot to sneak into the title game — even with one loss. In no way are they out of it; it's just gonna be a little harder now.”