Sam Bradford: the Messiah Returns to Oklahoma for Another Super Season!

Heath McGuffCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners prepares for the snap against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sam Bradford is one of the most talented quarterbacks that has came through Oklahoma in years.

Bradford was ranked 17th overall among high school quarterbacks in '06. A main reason was some of the best QBs in the NCAA were playing at the same time as Bradford, including Florida's Tim Tebow and Georgia's Matthew Stafford.

In high school, Bradford starred in football, basketball and golf.

Bradford's senior year in high school, he averaged a triple double in basketball.

In his senior season as a quarterback, he racked up 2,029 yards and 17 TDs in only 12 games.

Now if you look at Bradford, there is no doubt he is one of the elite QBs in the NCAA and probably the best in the Big-12, next to Colt McCoy.

With some injuries in to the Oklahoma Sooners in Bradford's first season, he was able to contribute a few good stats.

In Bradford's first game, he completed 21-of-23 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

In another game, Bradford broke the record for passing yards in a half previously held by Josh Heupel.

In the next game, Bradford broke Heisman Trophy winner Jason White's record for consecutive passes completed, with 22. In the second week of Bradford's career, he was named the National Offensive Player of the Week!

Bradford is also tied for the most touchdowns in a single game with five. One of the most impressive stats Bradford holds is the most touchdowns as a freshman, with 30.

In Sam's first season as a Sooner he gained these awards: Freshman All-American, Big-12 Player of the Year, and led all QBs in passer rating with 176.53, beating Tim Tebow.

Bradford was also No.6 in the nation in '07 for completions, No.5 in total offense and No.2 in completion percentage.

In the '08 season, Bradford averaged 14.78 yards a completion. He was ranked No. 1 nationally with 48 touchdowns.

He was also ranked No.1 in passing efficiency, and set the record for most yards in a single game, with 408. Bradford broke the record for the most touchdowns in a freshman and sophomore year with 84.

Bradford averaged one touchdown every nine passes.

He averaged one interception every 73.7 attempts. This is one of the most awing stats I know of for Bradford.

Bradford had multiple touchdowns thrown in 23 games as a Sooner.

He has won some of the most prestigious awards, including the Davey O' Brien Award, the Hesiman Trophy and National Player of the Year.

These stats show why Bradford is the leader on this team. I think Bradford is often overlooked when talking in the aspect of quarterbacks. In my opinion, he is one of the best to play in college football.

Sam Bradford will be working behind a great O-line this season, one of which is a key returner from '08, Trent Williams.

Williams started six games as a freshman and was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-American Team in '07. Williams is going to be the anchor of the Sooner O-line.

So, you decide: will Sam Bradford be thought of as a legend once his career is over at OU or will he be forgotten?

I want to hear what all Oklahoma fans have to say. Is Bradford the messiah of  this Oklahoma team or is he just another great player? You decide...