Bradford Has No Regrets
Fort Worth, TX - No second thoughts for Sam Bradford.
At a time when top NFL prospects are getting ready for the draft, Bradford on Monday night was recognized as the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback - and looking ahead to another chance to lead Oklahoma to a national championship.
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The NFL will have to wait another year - maybe two - for the O'Brien and Heisman Trophy winner. The 24-14 loss to Florida in last month's BCS national championship is what occupies his thoughts, not the decision he made to bypass the pros for now for another season with the Sooners.
rked to get back in that game.''
Bradford has thrown for 7,841 yards and a school-record 86 touchdowns in his two seasons at Oklahoma, including 50 this past season as a sophomore.
Though he would have been a high draft pick, Bradford decided last month to stay with the Sooners.
``Before I made that decision, I knew whichever direction I was going to go, I had to be fully committed, and I had to just look ahead and not look in the past,'' Bradford said. ``I felt like I made the right decision.''
Two months after being named the O'Brien winner, the magnitude of the award hit him as he stared at the list of previous winners while sitting in his hotel room before the banquet.
``It was really humbling. It almost took my breath away,'' Bradford said. ``It was hard for me to comprehend that I joined a list of football players that I idolized growing up.''
Among the former O'Brien winners are Florida's Tim Tebow, who as a sophomore last year also won the Heisman and is also returning to the Gators, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Peyton Manning and Jim McMahon.
Bradford shared the podium with Super Bowl-winning and former Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann, who was presented the O'Brien Legends award. Theismann spoke with the Oklahoma quarterback about the specialness of the O'Brien trophy.
this way,'' Theismann said. ``Look at the people who have gone before you, it tells you about the prestigiousness of this award.''
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Posted: 2/17/09 1:12AM ET