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Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:20 pm
Hopefully Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder isn't injured too badly. It doesn't look overly serious. That's the good news.

Bradford, however, remains yet another illustration of why college players with his kind of ability should take the cash and run.

Returning was a tremendous risk. There was a good chance had Bradford departed last year he might've gone first to the Detroit Lions. Might have. The player who did, Matthew Stafford, signed a $41 million deal.

That's what Bradford gave up and even if the shoulder injury isn't significant it still gives something to NFL teams to obsess. They love obsessing. When contract negotiations begin, those same teams will use the injury against Bradford to try and lower his contract demands, no matter how minor it might end up being.

If you don't believe that, you don't know the NFL. It happens all the time.

So even if Bradford comes back next week (and a sprained shoulder joint many times takes weeks to heal) his draft status for 2010 has already been slightly injured.

If he does miss a few weeks his draft stock takes an even bigger hit.

Take the cash and run. Run fast. And don't look back. That's what Bradford should've done.

And it's likely that's what he's thinking right now.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Sooners

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:22 pm


It's beyond magical.

It's wondrous.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 12:43 pm

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

The good thing about Freeman's posts is that it always seems to bring people together. They all want to hate him. It is so magical.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 11:40 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

"...but maybe Mr. Bradford made his decision to stay in school because he valued completing his education so that he would have a career after football!"

While I will agree that Freeman's article is ridiculous, it is no more ridiculous than this statement.  Let's say he gets a degree in Accounting or Finance.  Let's also assume that he only plays 5-10 years in the NFL.  In that time period, he will make more money than his degree would likely ever earn him.  The degree is wonderful, don't get me wrong.  But for the elite athlete who is all but assured a spot in the NFL, it means very little at 20 years old.  He can always go back and get a degree after his playing days are over.  If he retired at 35 years old he would have enough money without having to worry about what his next career would be...likely some sort of commentator which would also make him tons of money.

Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2009 11:30 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

what is going to hurt Bradford's draft stock more than his injured shoulder is OU's swiss cheese offensive line. It's hard to win the Heisman and a National Championship and impress NFL scouts when your sitting on your ass (on the field or on the bench).

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 9:33 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

What you have said is true but only if the athlete had or has a pro  career in mind.  Not all do. In this particular instance, I believe, he did or does have a pro career in mind.  And yes, staying in school  is a major risk that could well have cost him millions of dollars.

I watch a lot of international pro tennis, soccer, boxing, and some ice hockey.  In none of those sports are the athletes ever told that staying in college promotes their pro career goals. In fact, they are told the precise opposite. Should a girl who plays pro tennis in the WTA wait until she has graduated from college at the age of 22 to turn pro?  Heck, most female players end their careers at age 22.  If she waits until that long to start playing her career will be over even before it starts.

It's pretty much the same in pro baseball.  How many of those great players from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Mexico go to college for 4 years before turning pro?  None do. If they did, their careers would fall apart.  Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins is considered one of MLB finest young players. He turned down a scholarship offer from FSU to play pro baseball. The record shows he did the  right thing because in his youth he was considered a better football  prospect than  baseball player.  Had he played for the Seminoles and gotten injured, he would have forfeited millions of dollars.

We all want to believe that a college education is best for our youths and that it will guarantee each a better future.  But such idealism is not warranted in all cases.  It encompasses far more risks than some want to consider.  In Mauer's case, it's a good thing he didn't pursue it.  As for Bradford, the jury is still out.  For his sake, I hope he made the right decision in staying in school.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2009 9:28 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

100% agree...take the cash. Whats the point in getting a college degree? To get a better job to earn more money. I'd say the few years in the NFL would net a lot more money than any job Bradford would land. Can finish degree later. If he came back to win a college championship he also is dumb. OU can no longer win the big one. They are the Big XII's Ohio State. Texas will win the Big XII this year anyway. This is just another case of Sooner Stupidity.

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 9:08 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Hindsight is 20/20 isn't it Freeman?  I just bet you had an article titled "Why you stay in college" all ready to go had Bradford gone out there and tore it up for all 4 quarters.  Maybe YOU should have stayed in college a little longer, your writing is atrocious and childish.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 8:21 am
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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 3:09 am

You are all IGNORANT!

The author is absolutely correct.  Injuries hurt your potential to earn a guaranteed contract in the NFL.  I have no doubt this journalist admires Bradford's (and McCoy's/Tebow's) decision to return; it;s what we all want to see, including him.  But to rip on him for pointing out something that is completely obvious is stupid, ignorant, and dumbfounding.  He wasn't saying Bradford should ignore his own desire for a degree, another year to be with his friends, etc.  He was saying this is exactly why so many athletes do choose to leave for pro sports before their junior (basketball) or senior years.
Your artcile was right on point, and I hope that Bradford's injury isn't serious either.  This is a kid that deserves the chance to showcase his abilities and lead him team to a bowl win down the road.  Best wishes to him!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2009 1:43 am

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

It's not players going pro that hurts college sports. It's fans demanding that a coach go anything he can get away with or get fired that hurts college sports. College sports is a joy whether your team is a title contender or not, whether Sam Bradford is your quarterback or not, or at least it should be.

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