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Sam Bradford latest to be immortalized in bronze

Sam Bradford

Memo to Bryant Gumble‘s unmentionables: prepare to got all wadded up.  Again.

Already this year, statues honoring Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Florida’s three Heisman winnersSteve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow — have been unveiled.  Additionally, plans are in the works for statues honoring Auburn’s Heisman winners — yes, including Cam Newton.

Now, Sam Bradford is amongst the living former collegiate stars whose likenesses have been immortalized in bronze.

At a fundraising banquet Saturday night, Oklahoma officially unveiled the 10-foot tall “Heisman Trophy Statue” honoring the former Sooners and current St. Louis Rams quarterback.  The statue will be dedicated before a game this upcoming season and will be placed alongside the four other statues honoring Heisman winners from OU — Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White — in the school’s Heisman Park outside of Memorial Stadium.

Bradford, who won the Heisman as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 and will be entering his second season in the NFL after being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 draft, seemed to be overwhelmed at being honored at such a young age.

“I never thought I’d be standing here giving a speech in front of a statue of myself,” Bradford said according to John Hoover of Tulsa World. “Pretty cool, though.”

Playing the role of proud papa, Bradford’s father reminisced about watching his son grow in the past few years from scout player to Heisman winner to rookie of the year in the big boy football league.

“It’s just been a lot of fun,” Kent Bradford said. “All of it. Just to get to watch him get to go to OU and follow his dream and do what he wanted, to watch him go from OU Scout Team Player of the Year to NFL Rookie of the Year, and a whole bunch of fun stuff in between. It’s been a lot of fun.”

With all of that out of the way, the stage is all yours Mr. Gumbel.  Whine away…

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13 Responses to “Sam Bradford latest to be immortalized in bronze”
  1. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 15, 2011 11:42 AM

    Sam Bradford , Steve Owens and Billy Sims yes.
    throw in White also, what the heck
    Honorable, talented, deserving players, and from an accomplished, tradition rich, prominent program and conference

    Danny wAWFULL ? gimme a break.

    SCam Newton? Thief and one hit wonder? Sad.

    Tim Tebow? $160 for an autograph?
    God forgive him

    Nick Saban? the Lil Napolean? He who ain’t going nowhere? He who thinks agents pimp student athletes, while ignoring the fact he does the same
    Yea ok, honor the pimps.

  2. bamasucks says: May 15, 2011 1:23 PM

    iamalwaystalkingsoillneverlearnanything,

    how many people have played college football in the last century or so? how many of them won a Heisman and/or a National Championship?

    get a clue

  3. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 15, 2011 2:14 PM

    @ bamasuckstressellswewe

    so you think EVERY player that “won” a Heisman or won a National Championship deserves a bronze statue?

    Are you freakin serious?

    And you tell ME to get a clue?

    Go read a book, play with “imaginary” friend, help your mom clean house, just go do something besides get in grown folks way here.

  4. pjduffey says: May 15, 2011 3:33 PM

    @iamtalkingsolistenandlearn

    Notwithstanding your penetrating analysis of each of the players/coaches being honored with a statute, your conclusions are flawed.

    You talk about the OU players being from “an accomplished, tradition rich, prominent program and conference” as justification for their statues. But I guess Florida, Alabama, and the SEC just aren’t as “accomplished,” rich in tradition, or “prominent” as OU and the Big 12. That might come as news to the Gators who beat them in the 2008 MNC 24-14. It also might surprise the Tide who have won 13 national titles and 22 SEC championships.

    Of course those are just the reasons that make your statement and logic look silly. The fundamental flaw with your reasoning is that no newer programs, players, or conferences (or those who are less Accomplished) would be justified in making a statue. So how many national championships, conference championships, or bowl wins would make you happy?

    Now lets compare Danny Wuerrfel (apparently undeserving) and Sam Bradford (apparently deserving). During college, one player won a Heisman, a National Championship, four conference championships, the Davey O’Brien award, the Draddy Trophy, the Johnny Unitas Award, the Maxwell Award, and was a two-time first team all american. The other player won a Heisman, a National Championship, a conference championship, the Davey O’Brien award, and was a one-time first team all-american. The first player was Danny Wuerrfel, the second player was Sam Bradford. Does Sam’s NFL career look more promising than Danny’s? Yes. Is that particularly relevant to a college (not an NFL team) building a statue? No.

    And as for honorable? It’s tough to compare to Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerrfel. After 5 years in the NFL, Danny now spends all of his time working for his Charity (Desire Street Ministries). Tim Tebow spent his spring breaks volunteering in the Philippines and preaching to prisoners.

    Tim Tebow’s autograph events (where people were famously charged $160 for an autograph) aren’t the only place or time to get his autograph–I, like many others, have gotten it for free just by asking. Just about every famous athlete in recent memory (yes, the “honorable” Sam Bradford included) gets paid by sports stores to sign items; they get paid per signature and the sports stores then turn around, mark up the items, and sell them. How is this any different? At least with Tim, he donated a portion to his charitable foundation. The fact that people would be willing to pay $160 for his autograph reflects positively on Tim.

    In short, colleges can build statues of whomever they want. Your standards are arbitrary, hypocritical, and often just plain silly.

  5. bamasucks says: May 15, 2011 4:46 PM

    dude, you said that you were okay with a Jason White statue but somehow you have a problem with Wuerfell, Newton, and Tebow? all 3 of them won a Heisman, a NC, and were drafted to play in the NFL. your boy Jason White is 1 for 3 in that criteria.

    are you an OU homer or what?

    either way, the only thing that anyone will learn from listening to you is that you’re an idiot.

  6. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 15, 2011 6:41 PM

    Apparently today is special ed day.

    Sarcastic , self homerism promoting humor apparently flies right over the head of the PFT Special Ed class.

    Let me try the more direct approach for you simpletons:

    I am a fan of the Big 12 and OU is ONE ( 1 ) of those teams I follow.

    Just because you “win” a Hesiman means squat to me. Voters awarded you a trophy based on their own self serving criteria. How many times has a player ( QB )”won” the award when others were arguably more deserving?

    These are college football players. THATS IT. Many did not even have an average NFL career.
    Their only claim to fame is a trophy that writers awarded to them.
    They get a bronze statue for that? and we wonder why kids today idolize rappers, and players as their heroes?
    Why not erect bronze statues of REAL heroes .
    Now go bone up on your favorite players bio and stare at Wuerfells poster on your bedroom wall, you lame losers

  7. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    pjduffey says

    “The fact that people would be willing to pay $160 for his autograph reflects positively on Tim”.

    ****************************************

    And I guess the fact that senior citizens and many others sent Jim and Tammy Bakker, and hosts of other Televangelists reflected positively on all those crooks too??

    I agree with John Taylor. Some of you people must have beenm dropped on your heads as a baby, or you all are just plain STUPID

  8. gorilladunk says: May 15, 2011 7:05 PM

    @imtalking…..I’m embarassed as a fellow Big12 fan by your posts on this subject. If you wanted to mention that OU started this Heisman winner statue and others have copied, go ahead, but to denigrate other winners is childish. Are OU fans proud of their football heritage and the many great players who made it that way? You bet. But I’m sure that Nebraska, Ohio St., USC (and the list goes on and on) are equally proud of the players that made their programs great. You don’t have to prop up Sam Bradford or anyone else by demeaning the accomplishments of other players who have been honored similarly. Your posts reek of a junior high mentality.

  9. pjduffey says: May 15, 2011 7:34 PM

    @iamtalkingsolistenndlearn

    “And I guess the fact that senior citizens and many others sent Jim and Tammy Bakker, and hosts of other Televangelists reflected positively on all those crooks too??”

    As I explained in the rest of that paragraph (the part you edited out), almost all major athletes get paid for their autographs–the fact that Tebow gets paid MORE than other athletes just means that his autograph is in higher demand than others.

    I don’t think athletes getting paid for autographs are crooks anymore than I think athletes getting paid to sell deodorant are crooks.

    As to the rest of your overly defensive comments: grow up. I apologize for being unable to divine your sarcastic undertone (in the TEXT of your post), next time I’ll try harder to figure out what it is that you really mean.

    Meanwhile, you just dig yourself deeper. Now winning a Heisman means “squat” to you (because it really is all about YOU, isn’t it?). Why doesn’t it mean anything you say? Because they didn’t necessarily have great NFL careers? Or because the voters picked someone who was less deserving?

    Danny Wuerrfel had about as good a career as you can hope to have in college. He accomplished a great deal and, in the process, he also took the program to new heights. So did Steve Spurrier, so did Tim Tebow.

    Not only is a player’s NFL career not the only relevant consideration in a COLLEGE’s choice to honor them, it is probably one of the LEAST important factors. What’s more important? How about what they accomplished in their college careers? Now if only there was one award that was widely considered to be the single most prestigious, most sought after, and most difficult-to-obtain award in college football. If only one of those existed . . . (that was sarcasm, by the way).

    Winning a Heisman (UF and OU players) and winning a NC (in Saban’s case) is a huge deal. It is not only a personal achievement, but a matter of pride for the entire school. Those players and coaches contributed in a major way to those universities. So it’s not all that surprising when the universities choose to honor them by erecting statues in their honor.

    As far as making statues of “real heroes,” I agree with you. Now, go make a list of people who you consider to be “real heroes,” go find private funding to get statues built for them, and go find a place that wants to put the statues up. Until then, stop your biased whining about University athletic associations making decisions about their own programs and funding those decisions with private donations.

  10. bamasucks says: May 15, 2011 7:39 PM

    “Just because you “win” a Hesiman means squat to me.”]

    it meant enough for you to concede that there wouldn’t be anything wrong with Jason White getting a statue.

    Tebow, Newton, and Wuerfell accomplished a lot more than just winning a Heisman.

    there are some major holes in your logic, so feel free to stop talking and spend that time educating yourself. you need it.

  11. iamtalkingsoyouknowiamamoron says: May 16, 2011 3:17 PM

    way to go moron, you acted like in idiot in your first post, people all proved you wrong, and you havent come back to say anything…..get a life you sloth

  12. gatorprof says: May 16, 2011 4:21 PM

    Did Bradford win a national title? Last I checked he was pwnd by the Gators in the title game.

    Tebow, Newton, and Wuerfell all won titles.

  13. bamasucks says: May 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    “way to go moron, you acted like in idiot in your first post, people all proved you wrong, and you havent come back to say anything…..get a life you sloth”

    who are you talking to and wtf are you talking about? shouldn’t you be trolling an OSU thread right now?

    explain how Jason White is worthy of a statue but Tebow, Newton, and Wuerffel aren’t? until you can support your ignorant position on this debate, why don’t you just STHU?

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