Thursday, April 18, 2019

All about Sam

If you have been a fan of Stiletto Sports for awhile than you know Sam has already been named my  Hottie of the Week, Hot College QB of the NFL Draft, SportsMan of Style.…and has been mentioned in dozens of articles. If I didn’t adore him so much, I would feel guilty about selecting him yet again, when there are hundreds of other super fine talented athletes just waiting for their chance to be the first SportsMan of Style for Fall 2010.

But after Sunday’s St Louis Rams-Washington Redskins game, I had to pick Sam! Sam just got his first professional win as quarterback for the St Louis Rams. And it was against  veteran Donovan McNabb and the Redskins who had been starting the season out with a bang!

Plus, I adore him, this is my site, and to my knowledge Sam Bradford does not have an official website yet, so I may promote him and love him up as much as possible!

Why We Love Him:

What is not to adore about this boyishly charming man? With his baby-face good looks, he barely seemed old enough to be in college when he was playing for the Sooners! Now he’s a starring NFL quarterback! As I once said, when he was still at Oklahoma University, “He makes me want to be back in college—fake ID and all—just so I could possibly meet him and touch his hair.”

Despite his many awards and accomplishments as being one of the best college quarterbacks, Sam always comes across as this shy, good ‘ole Midwestern boy with great family and life values. He was part of the “I am Second” campaign which is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others (see video below!)

Sam’s Stats:

  • Full Name: Samual Jacob Bradford
  • Nickname: Sam. (I may also refer to him as Sammy)
  • Date of birth: November 8, 1987
  • Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in
  • Weight: between 213-228 lb
  • Status: Unknown. Rumors of a girlfriend surface occasionally but everything is very Hush Hush
  • Nationality Facts: He is actually 1/16 Cherokee and is registered citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He is the first Native American to win the Heisman Trophy!
  • College: Oklahoma University, majored in Finance
  • Current NFL Team: St Louis Rams
  • Position: Hottie Quarterback
  • Number: Bradford wears #8, which he said is in honor to Troy Aikman who also attended Oklahoma before transferring to UCLA.
  • Sam Bradford Day: In 2009, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett declared January 13 as “Sam Bradford Day” in Oklahoma City. Who’s coming with me to the OC in January??
  • College Accolades: Heisman Trophy Winner, Fresh of the Year and he currently holds the NCAA record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 36

In high school Sam played basketball, golf and football and loved all three. When he decided to continue his football career in college, scouts were much more interested in players like Tim Tebow and Matt Stafford.

Even in college, despite all his accolades (Heisman Trophy Winner, etc), all the buzz was always on Tebow, Stafford, Colt McCoy, etc. Sam decided to return to Oklahoma for a third season instead of heading into the NFL draft and was injured right at the beginning of the season. He healed, came back, and was reinjured almost immediately with a shoulder injury that would end his college career early. Speculation was that it also killed his NFL draft potential. He had been poised to go No. 1 but who would want a broken quarterback?

The St Louis Rams, that’s who.

(the story continues after the photo break!)

Sam wound up being the No. 1 overall draft pick afterall!  Wikipedia said, “on July 30, 2010, Bradford signed a six-year, $78 million deal, which has $50 million of guarantees and has a maximum value of $86 million making it the largest contract ever for an NFL rookie.”

Sam was not slotted to be the Rams’ starting quarterback but as summer training camps went on, Sam’s confidence and maturity as a leader grew. He even led the team to a preseason victory over the acclaimed New England Patriots.

The Rams’ decided to take a risk and name Sam the starting quarterback thus beginning the Sam Bradford Era. It’s not the first time the Rams’ have bumped up a second string quarterback. In 1999, a player was reluctantly called up to take the lead when their starter was injured.

The Rams won the Super Bowl that year and the team was nicknamed “the Greatest Show on Turf.”  And that second-string quarterback became the league AND Super Bowl MVP. His name? Kurt Warner. (on the off chance that this your first visit to Stiletto Sports, 1. Welcome and 2.  Kurt Warner is my most beloved NFL QB. However he just retired from Monday Night Football and is off spending his Mondays Dancing with the Stars so I have been looking for a new NFL QB to fill my heart. Currently in the running: Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.)

Will the Rams make it to the Super Bowl this year? Eh….. it could happen! Before the Rams win over Washington, Sam was off to quite a rocky start. He had only completed 32/55 passes for 253 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. But by Week 3, Sam was in charge. In the pounding 30-16 win over the Washington Redskins,  Bradford was 23 for 37 for 235 yards with one touchdown.

It was the Rams first win in forever (it was only their second win in 29 games). And it broke an 14 at-home game losing streak.

It’s a little early to start saying that they are going to make it to the Super Bowl this year. It was, afterall, only one win.

But for fun, let’s take a quick look at fellow hottie quarterback Mark Sanchez’s rookie season with the New York Jets last year. The Jets opened the season with three powerful wins and then went on to lost 6 of their next 7 games. Everyone thought they were done. And then Mark found his mojo and they went on to win 5 of the next 6 regular season games and sailed through the playoffs into the conference championship.  In his rookie year.

So, like I said, the Rams in Super Bowl XLV? It could happen!

Welcome to the Sam Bradford Era!

For more about Sam’s First Win read this!
The Story of Sam

Sam Bradford “I am Second”

Are you Team Bradford too? Then check out the Stiletto Sports Custom Designed Sam Bradford/St Louis Rams Inspired T-Shirt Collection! “Team Bradford” is available in tees, tanks, hoodies, mugs and everything you can possibly imagine on!

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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5 Responses

  1. Sherri Said,

    My boyfriend is a long time Rams fan, and he said he loves the Team Bradford tee. I’m hoping he meant for me… 😉

    Posted on September 27th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

  2. Stiletto Jen Said,

    Aw thanks Sherri!
    I’ve been trying to figure out a men’s line…. but I can’t find a men’s shoe thats as fun as a stiletto to use!
    The Team Bradford shirt should be making it’s way to my closet any day now!

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 12:15 am

  3. NFL Week 13 Game of the Week & Game Day Recipes: New York Jets vs. New England Patriots | Stiletto Sports Said,

    […] battles. My personal favorite game was the St Louis Rams-Arizona Cardinals as it featured Sam Bradford and Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner was announcing the […]

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  4. Brandy Said,

    This is the greatest article i have ever seen on the internet….sooooo sexy!!!! ;D Best choice this great state of Missouri has ever made!!!<3 Rams Fan Forever!!! <3

    Posted on February 19th, 2011 at 1:33 am

  5. Stiletto Jen Said,

    hahah I love your comment! Yeah, this decision made me a Rams fan that’s for sure, and made me think that Missouri might not be such a bad place to live 🙂

    Posted on June 27th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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