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Sam Bradford biography

Date of birth : 1987-11-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-20
Credited as : Football player NFL, quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Sam Bradford is an American football quarterback for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League.

Started all 31 games that he appeared in at Oklahoma...set school career-records by completing 67.64% of his passes (604-of-893) for 8,403 yards and 88 touchdowns, topping the previous marks of 63.8% by Josh Heupel (1999-2000), 81 scoring strikes and 7,922 yards by Jason White (1999-2004)…his 16 interceptions gave him an interception percentage of 1.79%, the third-lowest career mark by any Big 12 Conference passer…his 86 touchdown tosses are the most by a quarterback in his freshman and sophomore seasons combined, topping the previous mark of 55 by Rex Grossman of Florida (21 in 2000 and 34 in 2001)…his 88 scoring drives during his first three seasons topped the previous NCAA record by a quarterback at the conclusion of junior season, breaking the old mark of 86 by Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (13 in 1988, 32 in 1989, 41 in 1990)…his passing efficiency rating of 175.16 surpassed the NCAA career-record (minimum 500 attempts) of 168.9 by Ryan Dinwiddie of Boise State (2000-03)…in the Big 12 Conference career-record books, his 8,403 yards passing rank seventh in league annals…averaged 9.41 yards per pass attempt breaking the old Big 12 all-time record of 9.2 yards by Michael Bishop of Kansas State (1997-98) and his average of 13.91 yards per pass completion set the school career-record and rank 10th in conference annals…Bradford’s pass completion percentage of 67.64% placed him third in Big 12 history…his 88 touchdown passes are the fifth best career total by a Big 12 player…Bradford’s 604 pass completions rank third in school history… threw for over 300 yards in a game fourteen times, tying the Sooner all-time record that was first set by Heupel…just the sixth player in NCAA history to produce a passing efficiency rating over 180.0 in a season (180.84 in 2008)…threw for at least five touch-downs in a game five times, a school record.

JUNIOR (2009): The unanimous All-American first-team preseason selection played in just one full game (vs. Baylor) and parts of two others (vs. Brigham Young and Texas) before undergoing right shoulder AC joint surgery (10/28) that would put him on the sideline for the rest of the year…at the time of his departure from the field, he was leading the nation with a 187.33 passing efficiency rating…went on to complete 39-of-69 passes (56.52%) for 562 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions…also carried four times for losses totaling 18 yards, as he gained 544 yards in total offense, an average of 181.33 yards per game…added ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

SOPHOMORE (2008): Consensus All-American first-team selection was also the recipient of the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award, Sammy Baugh Trophy and Chic Harley Award...added All Big 12 Conference first-team accolades and was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches...Academic All-Big 12 and was a member of the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American second-team...became the first OU quarterback to lead his team to two conference titles and was just the third player in major college history to lead the nation in passing efficiency (180.84) for the second consecutive year and sixth player in NCAA history to produce that mark in a season…school record 4,720 yards passing rank 12th in major college history and sixth in Big 12 annals…joined running backs Chris Brown (1,220 yards) and DeMarco Murray (1,002) in producing the first FBS team to feature a 4,000-yard passer and two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season...became only the fourth player in major college history to throw for 50 touchdowns in a season…his 483 pass attempts in 2008 rank behind Josh Heupel (553 in 1999) on the OU season-record list and his 328 pass completions that year also placed second on that list behind Heupel’s 1999 total of 349…he twice threw for over 400 yards in 2008, tying Heupel’s record set in 1999 and his eleven 300-yard passing performances in 2008 topped Heupel’s previous school mark of eight in 1999…generated 4,767 yards in total offense, an OU season-record…fourth player in major college history to throw 50 touchdowns in a season...rushed for 47 yards and five touchdowns on 42 carries and was sacked just nine times while helping the Sooners lead the nation in scoring (51.14 ppg) and finish third in both passing yardage (349.36 ypg) and total offense (547.86 ypg).

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2007): Earned Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News and College Football News, as TSN named him the National Freshman of the Year and CFN selected him as the Big 12 Conference’s Player of the Year…added Academic All-Big 12 accolades…was a finalist for the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback...set the NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes in a season with 36, as he also led the major college ranks with a passing efficiency rating of 176.53, ahead of second-place Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner...connected on 237-of-341 passes (school season-record 69.5%) for 3,121 yards and eight interceptions…his 36 touchdown tosses rank third in OU history...completed 22-straight passes (last 18 vs. North Texas and first four vs. Miami), setting an OU record and falling just two shy of the NCAA mark...had another string of 21...twice tied the school game-record, throwing five touchdowns in each of the Miami and Texas A&M clashes…had multiple touchdown passes in 11 games.

FRESHMAN (2006): Redshirted.


Finance major, earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference and All-District honors…rang the opening bell at the NY Stock Exchange three days after winning the Heisman (Dow rose 100 points that an official citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and is also listed on the tribe's Cherokee through his paternal great-greatgrandmother, Susie Walkingstick, who was a full-blooded Cherokee...holds the distinction of being the first Native American to win the Heisman Trophy…son of Martha and Kent Bradford…father was an Oklahoma University offensive lineman (1977-78)…member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at OU, as he has been since high school…reads the story of David and Goliath before every game…in 2009, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett declared January 13th as "Sam Bradford Day" in Oklahoma City.

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