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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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:59 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

You know, this is a valid argument. Sam should have gone pro. And what happens if, through a strange "twist of fate", he gets injured during pro play? That's okay. He'd have his degree to fall back on. Oh wait. No, he wouldn't. As someone who decided that she didn't need a degree to get by I feel your article is shallow, mean-spirited and most definitely not well thought out. It's hard enough to get a decent job when you have a degree. It's even worse when you don't. I question whether or not you ever finished college. If so, why didn't you quit early to become the all-American writer? If not, maybe that explains the tone of your article. Or maybe you had a deadline to meet as this article came out so soon after the game and looking back now you wouldn't have been so quick to judge. I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt as to the decision you made. How about you do the same for Sam?



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:58 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Yea exactly. Maybe he wanted to finish college. So he would have his degree. And could put that on his resume. And he wouldn't have to lie about it. Cool



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:15 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Maybe he wanted to finish college. You know get a degree? Incase you forgot academics come before athletics. Let me guess, Myron Rolle should have went to the NFL also.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:05 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

It ain't so, but would that the NFL and NBA required a college degree to "work" for their company.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:02 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

It's based on his experience.  He left elementary school after 4th grade to become a sports site blogger - figured the money was better than finishing elementary school education.  Unfortunately, his journalistic skills are exactly what have hindered him from advancing his career, if you can even call what he does a career.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 11:01 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Money doesn't matter to everyone Freeman. I admire that kid for doing what he did. He is the complete opposite of everything that is wrong with the college sports.  You can't put a dollar value on being on a football team and trying to win a championship.  You wouldn't know this because your staff meetings are the extent of any 'team' unity you've ever had.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:52 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

"Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro?!"  Mr. Freeman, this is why you should quit this job and find one that doesn't subject people to idiot statement's by yourself!  Money may be all that matters to you sir, 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!  Or just maybe he saw the statistics on a 19 year old quarterback making it in the pro game? Instead of chastising the young man, maybe you should commend him for valueing his education.   



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:50 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

The kid's got talent. Let's say the injury lasts a couple weeks and, worst case scenario, his draft stock goes down.  He'll end up in the late first round with a good team that needs a QB for the future.   He'll sit behind a veteran QB, learn the NFL game for a couple years and hit the ground running when he starts, propelling his gameplay into top tier status.  On the other hand, he could have gone to the Lions.  Enough said.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:50 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

"Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro?!"  Mr. Freeman, this is why you should quit this job and find one that doesn't subject people to idiot statement's by yourself!  Money may be all that matters to you sir, 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!  Or just maybe he saw the statistics on a 19 year old quarterback making it in the pro game? Instead of chastising the young man, maybe you should commend him for valueing his education.   



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:46 pm
 

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

If I had to pick between someone like Bradford or one of the many who leave college early for money, I will tell my kids every time to look up to someone like Bradford.  He values things like education, team, love of the game, etc. over materialistic things.  He can look back at his life in many years and know that he did "the right thing" and that counts for much more than any dollar figure.  I'm glad there are players like Bradford, McCoy, Tebow, etc. that will be role models for my children and their generation.



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