Bradford’s invitation to the Heisman ceremony has yet to be extended, but it’s only a formality. He is already on the guest list for college football’s big awards show in Orlando, and he’s becoming something of a postgame regular with ESPN’s GameDay crew. As Bradford sat on the show’s set Saturday night, chants of "Heisman Trophy” echoed around the emptying stadium.
All of it has to be a little surreal.
"A little bit,” Bradford admitted, "but I think the biggest thing these past two weeks is the way our team’s played. I couldn’t be prouder of going out there and playing with those guys.”
Bradford has become their spokesman. He is the unassuming superstar, the team player, the guy who would rather tout his offensive linemen than his completion percentage.
Bradford has become a sought-after commodity. Interviews. Autographs. Face-of-the-program duties.
Yet, he is still the guy taking more notes in meetings and watching more video in preparation than anyone else on the team. He’s still intense during the week and wired on game day.
Then again, this is what Bradford dreamt about as a kid.
"Getting to play for Oklahoma is one thing,” he said, "but getting to play for Oklahoma and having the possibility to win a Big 12 championship and then maybe even a national championship ... it’s like a dream come true.”
Bradford and the Sooners took another big step toward realizing those dreams this weekend.
And when all was said and done, Bradford finally emerged from the Sooner locker room and walked across the Gallagher-Iba Arena lobby around midnight. The fans gathered around the team buses hooted and hollered when he stepped out the doors, but Bradford never broke stride. He just kept going down the steps, around a corner and into the Oklahoma night.
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