NORMAN — Our children can make us glow with pride. That being the case, Kent Bradford must glow in the dark. The father of this year’s Heisman Trophy winner stood quietly to the side in the Stadium Club on Wednesday afternoon as his son, Sam, announced he would return as Oklahoma’s quarterback next season.
Turns out every underclassman will return for the Sooners, taking them from a borderline Top-20 team to a Top-5 candidate next season. It took some coaxing to get the self-effacing Sam B. to show up at his own news conference. OU coach Bob Stoops would rather not assemble the media every January to announce who is, and who is not, coming back to school, but this get-together was warranted. We’re talking about this year’s Heisman winner ... and maybe next year’s Heisman winner, assuming Florida quarterbacking philanthropist Tim Tebow doesn’t overwhelm certain voters by donating his eyes to Stevie Wonder. Lapdogs working on the Fox Sports broadcast team can think Tebow invented the wheel and cured polio, but don’t dare insinuate he’s a better man than Sam Bradford. Just because Bradford goes about his business in a far more composed manner doesn’t mean he cares any less about winning than Tebow, or that he is any less of a leader than Tebow. Bradford choosing to return for his junior season shows that leadership. He likes school, like his teammates, likes his coaches, likes the experience. Bradford is living the dream and chose not to wake up in the real world by going pro. Good for him. Good for OU. Very good for OU. Though slated as a high first-round draft choice by some who claim to know such things, it should come as no surprise Bradford opted to return. While producing at an astonishing rate on the field, Bradford has almost always played it safe.
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