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October 27, 2009

Bradford fans disappointed but understand quarterback's decision

In 2007 few outside of the Oklahoma football team knew of Sam Bradford. Even when he beat out six other candidates and was named the starting quarterback as a redshirt freshman, all that was known about him was that he was a local kid who could also play basketball.

However, three years later, on the same day Bradford publicly announced he was ending his career with the Sooners, his fans were sad to see him go.

"I was shocked," OU senior Peter Foley said. "I was really upset because I was looking forward to him coming back. He is a good kid. I have a couple of classes with him. He could have gone in the first round last year. I was disappointed to see that happen to him.

"When you saw Bradford play last year, he was amazing. He was awesome."

Bradford will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday. The procedure will be done by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Afterward, if all goes well, Bradford plans to enter the NFL draft. It's a decision some of his fans think is log overdue.

"I think it's sad for OU, but the kid has to do what he has to do," Alex Henderson said. "I think he would be stupid not to have the surgery and go pro. He needs to go to the next level, secure himself financially. Take care of himself, his family. I am totally behind his decision 100 percent."

Yet, there is one decison Bradford has made that does not garner a consensus. And that was whether he made the right choice in coming back this year.

After winning the 2008 Heisman Trophy and leading the Sooners to the BCS championship game, many thought it was a forgone conclusion that Bradford would leave campus life for the millions of dollars he was set to make as the top-pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

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