Rams quarterback Sam Bradford decided to go back to school for his Junior season despite being a top 5 pick after his Sophomore season. Bradford’s decision did not come back to haunt him as he ended up going number one overall the following year.
Now, Bradford is commenting about his decision to stay in school and has counseled current Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones to trust himself when it comes time to make a similar decision.
“Obviously, it was his decision. If he feels like he made the right decision, then he did,” Bradford said of Jones. “I remember going through that process and people were telling me, ‘You should leave,’ or, ‘You should stay.’ At the end of the day, I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter what you think because you’re not the one who is going to live it.’
“I’m excited that he’s back. I think he’s a great player and I’m looking forward to seeing them play this year. Hopefully, they go all the way and win the national championship.”
After heading back to Oklahoma for his Junior season, Bradford hurt his shoulder in the first game of the season. Despite the injury, Bradford went on to be selected number one overall.
“I know coming back was the complete right decision for me. There’s no way I was ready to leave college after two and half years,” Bradford said Wednesday at his football camp back in Oklahoma.
“Even though I came back and got hurt, the experience that I gained in that extra year was invaluable. There’s no way I would have been able to step into an NFL huddle and lead an NFL team at 21 years old.”
It is interesting to think what would have happened in Bradford would have left for the NFL in 2009. That year, Matt Stafford went number one overall to Detroit. The Rams selected Jason Smith second overall. If Bradford had came out, there would have been a big discussion over whether to take Stafford or Bradford at number one. Furthermore, the Rams, Chiefs, Seahawks and Jets (who traded up for Mark Sanchez) could have all used a quarterback.
Guess I will save the “what ifs” for another article.