Oklahoma Quarterback and reining Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford severely injured his shoulder in the opening game of the Oklahoma season Saturday versus BYU. Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops has stated that Bradford has a Grade Two or Grade Three sprain of his throwing shoulder. While Bradford has started a rehab session for the shoulder it seems unlikely that he will be able to continue this season without surgery to repair the shoulder.
While this is a major blow to Oklahoma’s chances at a great season and a National Title. This could be an injury that costs Bradford himself millions of dollars. Bradford could have come out in this year’s NFL draft but wanted to return to school and accomplish two more things in his collegiate career. He would have liked to win another Heisman, becoming only the second player to do so, and help his Oklahoma Sooners win a National Title. With this injury he chances at the Heisman are virtually gone, and with an early lose his team’s shot a National title are hampered.
Had Bradford declared for the 2009 NFL draft it seems very likely that he would have been a top ten pick. He may have even gone number one overall to the Detroit Lions. Since the Lions took Georgia QB Matthew Stafford and paid him a record 42 million dollars guaranteed it seems that this injury could cost Bradford a whole lot of money.