Sam Bradford, the young man from Oklahoma City, Okla. (better known as the “Big Easy” throughout the Midwest and all NFL cities), has collected some very impressive hardware and records during his NCAA career in Norman, and now the NFL.
Sam graduated from Putnam High School as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, golf) who enjoyed a stellar career. He drove across town to the University of Oklahoma, where he didn’t miss a beat. He received the 2007 Sporting News Freshman of the Year, Second team All-American, All Big 12, All Big 12 Academic Team.
He didn’t stop there. In 2008, he was honored with Big 12 Player of the Year (voted by league coaches), First team All-American by every publication, Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, Big 12 Academic Team, Sammy Baugh Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award, Touchdown Club of Columbus Quarterback of the Year and, let’s don’t forget, the Heisman Trophy.
The Big Easy was selected as the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. It was the first time the Rams had selected a quarterback in the first round since Bill Munson back in 1964 Not only did Bradford bring talent to the St. Louis Rams’ franchise, he brought hope to a city and fan base that had hit rock bottom.
As the face of the Rams’ franchise, the Big Easy delivered by continuing his record-setting ways. He quickly established several records, starting with most consecutive passes without an interception for a rookie (169). He is the first rookie to pass for 300 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, in a road victory. He passed the great Peyton Manning by shattering his record for most completed passes by a rookie quarterback (326).
Sam had 590 attempts, with 354 completions, and finished with a 60.0% passing percentage. He threw for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a passer rating of 76.5%. He also had 27 rushing attempts with one score. He was sacked 34 times, only losing two fumbles out of seven.
Thursday afternoon, Sam Bradford was honored by the AP (Associated Press) writers of America and named the NFL 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year. A blue player and a difference maker, he ran away with the league’s monthly honor in early November.
Sam was quoted as saying, “I think you look at this award and look at some of the guys who have won it in the past, it’s a tremendous honor to be joining that group. Even though it’s an individual award, I think this award reflects what we were able to do as a team in St. Louis this year, because there’s no way I would have won this award without my teammates.”
Congrats, Big Easy, and we look forward to more in the very near future from arguably the best of the elite young quarterbacks in today’s National Football League.