- On Saturday morning in St. Louis, Rams QB Sam Bradford donated his time to an extremely important cause near and dear to him when he served as honorary chair of the 14th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure downtown.
- On Saturday afternoon, the University of Oklahoma, Bradford’s alma mater, announced that Bradford made a large donation of a different kind. Bradford donated $500,000 to the school that propelled him to becoming the No. 1 overall pick by the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft.
“Obviously, Oklahoma is really the reason I am where I’m at today,” Bradford said. “I had a great experience at OU. It was a dream come true for me to go there and get the opportunity to play football. I just felt like me making a donation is a small thing I can do to help show my gratitude for what they did for me.”
- Bradford, who is a native of Oklahoma City, played three seasons for the Sooners and became one of the most prolific and high-profile players in the school’s extensive history. He enjoyed everything about the experience. Well, almost everything.
- Not that Bradford ever complained but on his way out of Norman, he told Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione that he one day intended to make a donation to upgrade the quality of the meals available to Oklahoma student-athletes.
“They are building a new dorm facility and I think my money is actually going to the training table,” Bradford said. “I never complained about it when I was there but when I left I definitely told Joe Castiglione that if there was one thing I could change, our training table would be better. I hope that when it does get built and it is finished I hope that future student athletes can have top of the line meals, the best there is. And I hope that their experience is as good at OU as mine was.”
- Indeed, Bradford’s donation is not only going toward the training table at the under construction new dorm called Headington Hall but the table will bear his name upon completion. The “Sam Bradford Training Table” will become a state-of-the-art dining facility inside the Wagner Dining Hall and be available to all Oklahoma student-athletes and students in the dorm.
“Sam Bradford’s gift is deeply appreciated,” OU President David L. Boren said. “It will help many future participants in OU’s athletics program. Gifts like Sam’s also set an important example for others who have played on our teams in the past.”
- Castiglione echoed those sentiments in expressing gratitude for Bradford’s generous gift.
“Sam Bradford developed into a consummate leader and an award-winning student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma,” Castiglione said. “Sam embraced our incredible tradition here at OU and was relentless in helping his teammates enhance it. In Sam’s typical humble fashion, he continues to serve as a wonderful role model for all OU alumni through his actions and deeds like this generous gift to OU Athletics and Headington Hall. Just as others before him, he leaves a legacy which allows future student-athletes to enjoy that same experience of a lifetime he relished. We appreciate Sam’s commitment to this project that will benefit a wide range of students, and improve the quality of life for the entire OU campus.”
- In his time with the Sooners, Bradford set 15 school records, including most passing yards (8,403) and TD passes (88). For his career, he completed 604 of 893 passes, finishing with a 6.25-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio, one of the best marks in college football history. He also set the NCAA freshman/sophomore record for TD passes during with 86 and won the 2008 Heisman Trophy.
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