If you don’t recognize the name Sam Bradford, college football isn’t your thing. For the uninformed Sam is the starting quarterback at the University of Oklahoma and a great one. He led the Sooners to the Big 12 championship in 2007 and 2008. In his first game as a Sooner, Sam completed 21 0f 23 passing attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He broke the school record for passing yards in a half. In his second game Sam broke the school record for most consecutive pass completions with 22. He also holds the NCAA freshman touchdown passing record with a total of 36.
The redshirt sophomore hasn’t slowed down a bit in his second season. Sam won the Heisman Trophy edging out two worthy competitors – Texas QB Colt McCoy and Florida QB Tim Tebow. Sam passed for 4,468 yards and 48 touchdowns this season and will lead the Sooners against Tebow and the Florida Gators for the National Championship this month. It’s noteworthy that the two quarterbacks who led their respective teams in the championship game are both on Jesus’ team.
With all of his accomplishments on the football field, there is something even more important, and that is Sam is a dedicated Christian who lives his faith daily. He is on the FCA leadership team at Oklahoma. Sam is a Cherokee Indian which also makes him very special in my book. Sam acknowledges that his relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in his life and that’s good to know. He says the verse below is one of his favorite scriptures:
Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got.
1 Corinthians 16:13a (MSG)
With all of the bad stuff going on in the world of athletics, it’s good to know that players like Sam are willing to give God all of the glory for their accomplishments on and off the playing field. Fortunately, Sam is not alone and there are many more just like him in the sports world.
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