Chase a National Title

It was rumored before the BCS Championship Game that Sam Bradford allegedly would bolt for the NFL, provided he didn't get injured. The rumor, however unsubstantiated, made a lot of sense considering Bradford's success this season and the likelihood that he would be a top ten pick (to say the least).

But contrary to those reports and the millions of dollars that were waiting for Bradford, he has decided to stay at Oklahoma and sling rocks for at least one more year under big-game coach Bob Stoops.

"I've dreamed about playing at Oklahoma since I was little, and my three years here have been probably three of the best years of my life, and I really feel that there's no need to cut this experience short," Bradford said Wednesday at a news conference.

"Obviously its frustrating to end with a loss and I want to come back and finish my career the right way: on a win," Bradford said. "I would say it had a little bit of an influence on my decision, but I really tried to keep that out of my mind because that could have limited myself to making the best decision for me."

What Bradford didn't say: "Um, guys, you do know the Detroit Lions are going to take me with the top pick right? Surely you don't think I'm suicidal."

And quasi-funny jokes aside, if I'm Bradford, the Lions sitting at the top spot has a lot to do with my decision. Yes, he would get paid either way, but in Detroit there's a lot less chance for him to see his 25th birthday, regardless of how amazing it would be to throw deep to Calvin Johnson.

Sam Bradford Returns to Oklahoma to Avoid the Lions Chase a National Title originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:30:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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