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Sam Bradford deserved some class in return

By John Rohde Modified: December 16, 2008 at 11:12 am •  Published: December 16, 2008
You will not find a bigger fan of Billy Sims than Steve Owens.

The two became friends 30 years ago when Sims joined Owens as a member of the exclusive Heisman Trophy club.

So it stands to reason Owens has no intention of telling Sims how to behave, or how not to behave, during the annual Heisman ceremony.

There will be no intervention.

Sims is free to scream "Boomer” 11 times in a span of roughly 30 seconds, as he did Saturday night after Sam Bradford’s name was called out inside the Nokia Theater in New York City.

Ask Owens about what transpired and he proudly shouts, "It’s Billy Sims. That’s him. Every time we’re fortunate to be in the Heisman race, he gets excited.”

Bradford became the school’s fifth Heisman winner, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Owens (1969), Sims (1978) and Jason White (2003).

When White won the award, Sims was in attendance and begged for an echoed response to a boisterous "Boomer” cry.

White complied with a "Sooner,” and Bradford did the same.

OU football fans were a tad annoyed at Sims for upstaging White during his big moment.

On this occasion, fans were angry Sims failed to learn his lesson and did the same to Bradford.

At Monday night’s Heisman banquet at the Hilton hotel in New York City, Sims addressed the crowd after learning he was being criticized for what transpired Saturday night.

"In no way did I mean to upstage Sam’s night,” Sims said. "I love Oklahoma so much that I try to be a spokesman for the university, and I will never ever stop saying ‘Boomer.’ I apologize to the Bradford family and the Heisman Trust if I crossed the boundary.”

Owens was informed of the public outcry earlier on Monday.

"There was no disrespect,” Owens said. "There certainly was no disrespect (intended) for Sam. Hey, we’re all happy for him. We’ve got our fifth Heisman Trophy winner. People need to relax. People need to give Billy a break, man.

"This is how Billy expresses himself.


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