December 13, 2008

Bradford wins Heisman

Sam Bradford Wins the Heisman TrophyOklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford arrived in Norman three years ago with modest hype and low expectations. The Sooners’ coaches acknowledged that they had recruited him for depth behind Rhett Bomar, who had been the country’s top quarterback prospect.

But Bradford’s rise from relative obscurity to national pre-eminence was sealed Saturday night when he won the Heisman Trophy, which is given annually to the country’s most outstanding college football player.
And:Bradford is the fifth Sooner to win the Heisman, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978) and Jason White (2003). Only Southern California, Ohio State and Notre Dame have had more Heisman winners; each university has had seven.

Bradford will also hold a place in Heisman history in that he became the first American Indian to win the trophy since Jim Plunkett of Stanford in 1970. Bradford is one-sixteenth Cherokee and has become a role model in Oklahoma, a state with a rich American Indian heritage.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Bradford Like Thorpe, Obama and Cherokee Quarterback Leads Sooners.


Anonymous said...


We (as Indian people) need all the exposure that we can get with the primary objective of a complete and total recognition of us as actual, flesh and blood human beings who are ALIVE today.

Anonymous said...

There are rumors that Mr. Bradford will turn pro. His asking price could be in the hundreds of millions. He is an inspiration to us Indians who want our children to succeed in whatever enveavor they choose in life. He is right up there with Jim Thorpe.

J. Kills Straight
Lakota, Sioux