BY JENNI CARLSON Modified: April 14, 2009 at 5:48 am •  Published: April 14, 2009
Sam Bradford wants a puppy.

Not just any puppy, either.

The Oklahoma quarterback wants a Great Dane.

"The first dog I ever had when I was little was a Great Dane,” he said. "I just think they’re really cool.”

Not to mention really gargantuan. Great Danes are one of the biggest breeds of dogs on the planet.

Think Marmaduke. Think small horse.

But Bradford wants one because Great Danes have long been the dog of choice in the Bradford family.

His parents had one before he was born. His cousin has one now.

It’s what he’s always known. It’s comfortable. It’s normal.

And these days, Bradford wants all the normal that he can muster.

On Monday night, he was honored as the Headliner of the Year by the March of Dimes. There was a fancy-pants banquet at the Skirvin Hotel.

There was a super-swanky set-up.

There was a never-ending string of people who wanted to shake his hand and pat his back.

Bradford handled all of it like a pro.

Truth is, the dressing up and the hob knobbing and the glad handing really isn’t his scene.

"But I think it’s something that I’ve just had to learn to adjust to over the past couple years,” Bradford said. "Obviously, with the success our team had last year, there’s been a lot more that has come my way.”

Um, that might be underselling things just a tad.

Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and just about every other big-time college football award last season. He’s been all over the country for all sorts of events.

And as ballyhooed as he is nationally, he’s even more beloved locally.

His hand was probably still cramped Monday from the number of autographs he signed Saturday after the Red-White Game.

It wasn’t like all 28,000 people who were there wanted an autograph; it only seemed that way. BLOG: These Sooners know how to interact with their fans.


The award winners
Headliner of the Year

→Sam Bradford, Oklahoma quarterback

Headliner Special

→Mike Knopp, Oklahoma City University rowing coach, and

→Oklahoma City Thunder leadership

Honoree Awards

→Empire Cheerleading, special needs cheer squad

→Matt Fodge, former Oklahoma State punter

→Jonathan Horton, former OU gymnast and Olympic medalist

→Anthony Kim, former OU golfer and PGA Tour player

→OCU women’s golf team

→Courtney Paris, former OU center

Special Recognition

→Don Haskins

→Jack Mildren

→Bobby Murcer

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