NORMAN — Sam Bradford became the second former Sooner superstar in the last three months to make a giant donation to the OU athletic department Saturday.
Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner and St. Louis Rams quarterback, announced a $500,000 gift to his alma mater. The money will go toward the construction of Headington Hall, OU’s new student housing facility that will open in fall 2013.Former OU star running back Adrian Peterson, now with the Minnesota Vikings, gave a $1 million donation, the largest gift ever given by a former Sooner, on April 5 that also was for Headington Hall.
“My experience at Oklahoma made it possible for me to realize my dreams,” Bradford said. “The coaches, the academic environment and every aspect of being a student-athlete at OU made me a better person.
“I am honored to give back to a program that did so much for me and hope that in some way this contribution can make it possible for those who follow me to enjoy the same kind of experience I did as a Sooner.”
Because of his gift, the interior of Headington Hall’s first-floor dining facility will be named “The Sam Bradford Training Table.”
Headington Hall is a $75 million, 230,000-square-foot housing center for OU students and student-athletes being constructed on the corner of Jenkins Ave. and Lindsey St.
The facility will have approximately 400 beds in two- and four-bedroom units.
“Sam Bradford’s gift is deeply appreciated,” said OU President David Boren. “It will help many future participants in OU’s athletics program. Gifts like Sam’s also set an important example for others who have played on our teams in the past.”
Bradford was the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Rams. He was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year two seasons ago, but his sophomore campaign was plagued by injuries.