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    Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis
    Saturday, Apr. 24 2010
    Sam Bradford wore No. 14 in college, but he's switching to No. 8.

    Yeah, the same jersey number worn by Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Troy Aikman.

    Yeah, the same Aikman that Bradford was compared to favorably by veteran NFL
    scout Dave Razzano.

    "I think he's a little better than Aikman coming out because he's bigger,"
    Razzano said. "He's a little more mobile. He's got just as good if not a better
    arm. He's as accurate as I've seen. I mean, they don't come around like him."

    Bradford wasn't the biggest Dallas fan even though he grew up deep in the heart
    of Cowboys country in Oklahoma City. The Steelers were his team. But Bradford
    was an Aikman admirer.

    "Obviously, he won a lot of games at Dallas," Bradford said. "I think that's
    the one stat that a quarterback wants to have. Wins. That's your goal. That's
    the objective of the team every time you step on the field. He was very good at

    "He's from Oklahoma, too. He went to (the University of) Oklahoma for a year
    even though he didn't stay. So yeah, I just relate to him a little bit."

    If he even comes close to the career Aikman enjoyed, Rams fans will relate to
    Bradford in a big way.

    After a dinner with friends and family Thursday night in New York, Bradford
    said he got a good night's sleep. He flew to St. Louis on Friday morning,
    accompanied by his parents, Martha and Kurt Bradford. Before his pre-draft
    visit last week, Bradford said he had been to St. Louis only a couple of times
    previously as a child.

    "It's actually been quite a while since I've been here," Bradford said during
    his introductory news conference at Rams Park. "Me and my Dad came up and
    watched the Cardinals play when Mark McGwire was having that season (1998)."

    Bradford also played in a youth hockey tournament in the Gateway City. Hard to
    imagine Oklahoma City as a hockey hotbed, but Bradford had a bout of puck fever
    as a kid.

    "I'm not really sure how that happened," Bradford said. "I think I just saw
    hockey on Sports Center and thought, 'You know, that looks pretty cool.' I
    started skating, and then skating turned into hockey. Pretty soon, I just
    absolutely fell in love with the game. We were playing hockey almost every
    weekend in the winter."

    A center iceman, Bradford doesn't remember much about the pee wee tourney in
    St. Louis.

    "I know that we went in the Arch," he said.

    To the top?

    "Yeah, it was pretty cool," Bradford said.

    Basketball was another of Bradford's favorite sports, and although former
    Sooners teammate defensive tackle Gerald McCoy disputes it, Bradford once
    dunked on McCoy.

    "I feel bad throwing it out there, but it did happen," Bradford said, smiling.

    And one last thing from the Bradford sports highlight reel: Last Friday,
    following his private workout with the Rams in Norman, Okla., Bradford shot a
    round of 71 in golf.

    So yes, Bradford thinks his athletic ability is underrated, particularly when
    it comes to throwing on the move in football.

    "I feel like that's one of the things that I can really excel at out on the
    field is throwing on the run," Bradford said. "I feel like I can escape the
    pocket, move the pocket. Create plays with my feet, just extend the play, and
    it's something I do very well."

    Hopefully, Bradford won't be running for his life on the football field in St.
    Louis. Perhaps trying to ensure that doesn't happen too often, the Rams made
    Indiana University offensive tackle Rodger Saffold their first pick in Round 2
    of the draft on Friday.

    Shoulder surgery notwithstanding, Bradford isn't worried about taking his first
    hit in a Rams uniform.

    "I think that's probably more of a hurdle for everyone else than it is for me,"
    he said. "I think if you play football and you're concerned about taking a hit,
    you're probably not going to play your best. I'm not concerned with it."

    Bradford already has been exposed to some of the Rams' playbook, both from his
    pre-draft visit here and a private workout in Norman. But he can't wait to
    immerse himself in the offensive system this spring in minicamps and organized
    team activities.

    "I think the sky's the limit as far as the amount of stuff I can learn during
    that time," Bradford said. "I was actually just talking to Coach (Steve
    Spagnuolo) and I think he said that before we start training camp, I will have
    gone through 24 practices, which, I mean, that's more than a full spring at
    Oklahoma. That's almost double a full spring at Oklahoma. So I think I can
    learn a lot. ... I look forward to getting around some of the veterans, picking
    their brains and just getting to work."

    Long before he took the podium at Rams Park, Bradford had heard from a few of
    his new Rams teammates. He spoke to running back Steven Jackson on the phone
    Thursday night and linebacker James Laurinaitis as well. He even got a text
    message from backup quarterback A.J. Feeley on Thursday night.

    Did Feeley tell Bradford to take his time learning the offense, so Feeley could
    begin the season as the starter?

    "No," Bradford said, laughing. "He just welcomed me to the Rams. He told me to
    enjoy the moment, get ready to have some fun and go to work."

    With rookie minicamp one week away, that time is almost at hand.

  • #2
    Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

    Man, how do you not get a huge smile from reading this?
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams


    • #3
      Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

      I smiled and i wanted suh. Love this kid's attitude glad to have him as a ram.


      • #4
        Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

        He's got all the intangibles to be a good player. I am very excited for this team now.


        • #5
          Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

          I'm glad we got him... I can't wait to see him play...3 months is such a long time!!!


          • #6
            Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

            He has been very enjoyable to watch at OU. Everyone felt so bad when he got hurt because he is such a good kid. Sam plays with alot of heart - something I have seen some Rams players (*cough Tye Hill cough*) play without.


            • #7
              Re: Rams new QB Sam Bradford pays a visit to St. Louis

              I haven't seen the Rams draft one guy who's heart is in question. We won't lack motor and toughness in years to come, thats for danr sure. I love the physical presence our team is getting.


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                BY JIM THOMAS [email protected]

                NORMAN, OKLA. — Finally, it's a wrap for Sam Bradford. What has been a long, grueling pre-draft process is over for the Oklahoma quarterback. He made his last throw as a non-NFL player early Friday afternoon at his private workout for the Rams, then had lunch with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Dick Curl.

                Now, there's nothing left to do but hear his name called first Thursday in the NFL draft.

                "This is it," Bradford said at the end of his workout at the University of Oklahoma's indoor training facility.

                Bradford said he'll hang out in Norman most of this weekend, checking out the Sooners' spring football game today. Then it's off to New York for pre-draft interviews and marketing appearances leading up to Thursday.

                "Mentally it's kind of been a roller coaster, and it's been a bit wearing," Bradford said. "There's been a lot of different stages I've gone through. When it first happened with the injury, it was just the whole uncertainty of if I'm ever going to be able to throw again."

                Then came shoulder surgery, months of rehab and the gradual process of building up arm strength.

                "And then it's like how long is it going to take till I get back to my old self?" Bradford said. "After that happens, it's, 'OK, now when are people going to believe that?' And once they believe it, or see it, what are they going to think? Am I going to get back to the (draft) status I once was? Or am I going to drop?"

                Bradford has proven everything he needed to prove about his throwing arm. Some observers, venerable draft guru Gil Brandt among them, feel Bradford has come back from surgery with even greater arm strength. Bradford himself thinks that might be the case, partly because of the extra weight he's added — he's carrying 236 pounds — and partly because of the extra strength he's gained through extensive weight training since the surgery.

                To summarize. ...

                "I feel like I'm back," Bradford said. "And now, it's gonna happen how it needs to happen. It's out of my hands at this point."

                There seems to be little doubt that Bradford will be taken first in the draft — if not by the Rams, then by somebody trading up for him. He has spent a lot of time with the Rams lately, from OU's pro day on March 29, to a Rams Park visit earlier this week, to Friday's private workout.

                Asked about the possibility of playing in St. Louis, Bradford said: "I think it'd be a great opportunity. I don't want to get ahead of myself. I try not to picture things just because sometimes if you have your mind set to go somewhere, play somewhere, and then it doesn't happen, you've got to regroup in a pretty short amount of time.

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              • Gomotron
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                ST. LOUIS -- The question stumped Sam Bradford more than some of the NFL defenses he's faced through four games with the St. Louis Rams.

                What's the hardest part of the job?

                Two seconds passed.

                Bradford, who owns a 93.1 passer rating on third down and has won his last two starts, repeated the question.

                Two more seconds passed.

                "I don't know."

                Two more seconds.

                "Um ..."

                Two more seconds.

                "I don't know."

                Bradford was thinking. Six more seconds passed before I finally said it's probably a good thing when a rookie quarterback can't immediately come up with any significant difficulties associated with the job.

                "I mean, it's an awesome job, to be honest," Bradford said. "I don't know how many people are blessed to come to work every day and love what they do."

                Bradford finally found the answer. It was worth the wait.

                "I think still the hardest thing for me right now is just getting to the point where I am as comfortable with this offense as I was with the offense in college," Bradford said. "It seems like we put in stuff every week that is new that I haven't ran, whereas my last year of college, even the new stuff, I had ran the previous year so I had at least repped it."

                Bradford recalled one such play from the Rams' 20-3 victory over Seattle on Sunday. He wouldn't say which one it was, but he said the play turned out poorly (and it wasn't the interception Bradford threw in the end zone, either).

                "I am having to really understand what it is to study something and understand what you are doing without running it and then be able to translate that and execute it if that play does get called Sunday," Bradford said.

                The Rams made available Bradford for an informal session with a handful of reporters and it was as comfortable as I'd seen him. He wore a red St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap, white "Island Surf" T-shirt from Coronado, Calif., silver baggy gym shorts and some Quiksilver flip-flops.

                A small band-aid on one knee and a pea-sized scab on his right wrist were the only apparent signs of wear after four regular-season games. Bradford said he's put on 10 to 12 pounds since college and the extra weight is serving him well (although coach Steve Spagnuolo said he cringed when Bradford took a high-low shot during the Oakland game).

                Bradford has played so well to this point that when he uncharacteristically missed a few throws Sunday, coaches caught themselves wondering what was wrong when reviewing the game on video Monday. Spagnuolo said he turned to quarterbacks coach Dick Curl when it dawned on them that Bradford was only four games into his...
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                EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A little more than two weeks after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is set to have surgery, he said Wednesday.

                After waiting more than a week so that swelling could go down and he could strengthen the knee, Bradford said he will have his ACL repaired Tuesday.

                Dr. James Andrews, the same doctor who repaired Bradford's shoulder when the QB was at Oklahoma in 2009, will perform the surgery. According to Bradford, he has yet to visit with Andrews, but the noted surgeon has already reviewed the MRI of the knee and will consult with Bradford the day before the operation.

                Bradford is already bracing himself for his road to recovery, especially the tough part of regaining range of motion and flexibility. He's also spent time talking to teammates who have had similar injuries.

                "I'm not expecting it to be easy," Bradford said. "I know it's going to be tough, but I'm going to do everything I can to get better every day. The best thing to do is just take it day by day and try to get better every day and in the end, when I'm ready to go, I'll be ready to go."

                Bradford was quick to shoot down any attempts at setting a timetable for his recovery. He said he hadn't even thought about the possibility of returning in time for at least some of the spring activities like OTAs or minicamps.

                The good news for Bradford is that the injury is only to the ACL and he has a clean tear, which he acknowledged could help expedite the process.

                "Everything else is intact," Bradford said. "They said everything looks really good. With that injury sometimes other things happen."

                Bradford suffered the injury on Oct. 20 against Carolina when safety Mike Mitchell shoved him as he was going out of bounds. He believes his left foot appeared to get stuck in the ground and the rest of his body kept moving forward, causing the tear. Bradford said he has watched the play since and didn't see anything wrong with what Mitchell did.

                Likewise, Bradford said he hoped that when Mitchell celebrated on the sideline he didn't know that Bradford was hurt but that he appreciated guard Harvey Dahl for sticking up for him after the play.

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                Former Oklahoma football star Sam Bradford is preparing for his first payday, which promises to be a doozy.

                Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner and top overall pick in this year's NFL draft, is expected to soon sign a deal with the St. Louis Rams that will pay him in the neighborhood of $50 million in guaranteed money. That's a pretty fancy neighborhood for a guy who was in college until just recently.
                While at Oklahoma, Bradford used a debit card for day-to-day expenses and a parent-funded credit card that was only for emergencies.

                "To go from how simple it was in college to how complex it is now is a huge change," Bradford said Tuesday. "Financially, my life has kind of changed drastically here in a couple months."

                A finance major, Bradford has an understanding of markets, but is still learning how to deal with a millionaire's personal finances.

                Bradford has hired a financial adviser and will use the expertise of his father, Kent, a former Sooners football player and insurance industry expert, to deal with expected investment offers. One NFL veteran told Bradford this week that he is pitched a business opportunity of $100,000 or more about once a week.

                "I expect those things will come, but I'm very fortunate that my dad is still a major part of my life and he really handles most of this stuff for me," Bradford said. "If anyone comes, they're going to talk to him. He's going to have to see a business proposal. He's going to have to see a lot of things before we'll even consider making an investment."

                Bradford was one of a group of NFL draftees who participated this week in financial training, part of the NFL's annual rookie symposium in Carlsbad, Calif. The sessions, required by the league, are aimed at teaching and developing young players' life skills.

                "Before I got here, I really wasn't sure how to handle everything. I'm still not sure how I'm going to handle everything," Bradford said. "That's why I think it is good that we have sessions like this."

                Once NFL training camp starts in late July, Bradford expects to have little time to deal with anything other than football.

                "For six months of the year, we're playing football. We're at the facility for 12 hours a day. We're on the road half the time for away games," he said. Among the lessons delivered this week was that everyone -- even famous, highly paid athletes -- must pay their bills.

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              • Rambos
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                ST. LOUIS -- For the better part of the past decade, whenever the Rams needed leadership in a close and late situation, they turned to running back Steven Jackson.

                Trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter Sunday against Arizona, Jackson was nowhere to be found. After an offseason of building an offense with quarterback Sam Bradford as the centerpiece and as he enters another season as an offensive captain, all eyes were on Bradford.

                Bradford doesn’t have the fiery, in-your-face personality that many often (and mistakenly) associate with leadership. He’s always been a calm, lead-by-example type who wants to lead with actions rather than words.

                So when Bradford entered the huddle with his team trailing 24-13 and less than two minutes to go in the third quarter, his teammates saw exactly what they always see from Bradford. He stayed the same on the next possession and every one thereafter.

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                “Sam is cool as a cucumber all the time, man,” left guard Chris Williams said. “That’s just Sam for you. He’s not a panic guy. It’s great.”

                Starting with that drive late in the third, Bradford went on to complete six passes in a row for 76 yards and a touchdown to draw the Rams within five. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Bradford found another way to add points to the Rams’ tally, taking a snap out of the shotgun, showing pass and bursting into the end zone to trim it to three.

                “Yeah, how’d you guys like that?” Bradford said, laughing. “That was pretty good, huh? I think they had no idea that I was going to run the ball on that play and I think that’s why it worked so well. But hey, we’ll take what they give us.”

                Bradford’s late-game heroics weren’t limited to sneak-attack runs either. Starting from that late drive in the third quarter, Bradford went 11-of-13 for 128 yards and a touchdown for a rating of 133.3 to close out the game and the Cardinals.

                For Bradford to take the next step and become the quarterback he was drafted to be and that the Rams believe he can be, he’ll need to continue to find ways to bring his team back when it falls behind.

                In his first two seasons, Bradford struggled in late-game situations. In games where his team was either up or down by seven points or fewer, Bradford posted a rating of 67.6 as a rookie and 75.0 in 2011.

                Although it went a bit under the radar, Bradford began to show a penchant for coming through when the Rams needed it most in 2012. With the Rams in more close games last year, Bradford got better and better with victories on the line as the season went along.

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