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Rival QBs OU's Sam Bradford, OSU's Zac Robinson share faith at FCA fete

Oklahoman Modified: April 28, 2009 at 9:24 am •  Published: April 28, 2009

Truth is, these two have many more similarities than differences.

"I think that’s why we didn’t stay enemies as a lot of people would think we are,” Bradford said. "We’ve kind of become friends because we’re really similar in our personalities and the way we handle ourselves on and off the field.”

Rival quarterbacks becoming Bedlam buddies isn’t entirely new territory, by the way.

Rhett Bomar and Bobby Reid were pals, a friendship forged the summer before their senior seasons in high school at the EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback camp. From at point on, they had each other on speed dial, a relationship that continued even when the Texas prepsters ended up on the opposite sides of an Oklahoma rivalry.

Reid even drove to Norman to watch the Red-White Game in 2005.

Nowadays, elite athletes are so well-traveled before college that they come to know one another. Add that to today’s technology, and they have no problem staying in touch with MySpace and Facebook, text and Tweets.

So, how did Bradford and Robinson get to know each other?

"We probably met on the field,” Robinson said.

Bradford interrupted.

"We actually met — I don’t know if Zac remembers ... "

The words jogged Robinson’s memory.

Robinson: "Oh, yeah.”

Bradford: "We met a long time ago in high school. We were both at the Oklahoma State camp together.”

Robinson: "I remember that. Yeah. Sam was the tall, skinny kid.”

Bradford rolled his eyes.

"I appreciate that,” he said.

With that, the rifle-armed Sooner and the dual-threat Cowboy were laughing again. They were smiling. They were genuinely enjoying being together.

What’s next?

Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.

Sooner and Cowboy fans might think so, but it just isn’t so.

"To be able to talk to Zac about things that we’re both going through,” Bradford said, "it’s been helpful to me.”

Bedlam quarterbacks being friendly — is that allowed?

Robinson smiled and said, "We’re not the ones hitting each other.”

by Jenni Carlson
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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