Sam Bradford's Struggles with Big Decisions Should Inspire Us All

J. Robert ByromCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Injured quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks up to the scoreboard late in the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Right now, there are countless articles being written by both professionals and amateurs on why Sam Bradford should have taken the money last year and why he should do it again this year.

These articles are about as generic as they come to the point where they can just keep them on file and change the name year in and year out publishing tons of articles without every rewriting their first one.

It goes beyond articles of course, on TV and radio it is the same thing but still the opinion is the same yearly and you can just change the names just as generically.

There is little doubt that we live in a take the money and run society and the Bradford's and his ilk are tempted to take the money.

But Bradford is different than the status quo and if he was not then he would not be in the position he is in today.

As a senior in high school he was a semi-touted quarterback at best. OU had been getting the top recruits at QB when he was ready to go to college. His prospects of playing more than one-year as a starter at OU were bleak at best.

There were at least 50 schools were he could have gone to and had a great chance to be a four-year starter.

He didn't, he followed his heart to the University of Oklahoma and it paid huge dividends when Bomar was kicked from the team and it paved the way for him to start as a redshirt freshman. 

Bradford is special because he has followed his heart and he should not let money change that now.

Once, he starts doing what is expected of him, he becomes less of a leader, less of a superstar and has less of a future.

Really, Bradford is already a millionaire, whether it is through the draft, through insurance or through the jobs and business opportunities that his celebrity will bring him in life.

Yes, he gets the most millions by going to the draft. When you start talking about how much more or less of a millionaire someone is going to be, are we not splitting hairs at that point?

Bradford is better than the status quo, Bradford is a leader, Bradford followed his heart last year when we decided to stay and not take the money.

Following his heart is what makes him so special, Sometimes it works out like when he followed it to Oklahoma. Sometimes it doesn't like when he got hurt twice this year. 

Either way, the second he stops following what his heart tells him to do. He becomes less of a man and less of a leader because most of us do not have the guts to do what are heart tells us to in everyday normal situations.

But Bradford is special because he was able to follow his heart despite being pressured by millions of dollars to do something else.

We should all try to be more Bradford-like and have the strength to follow our hearts even though the stakes of our decisions are so much smaller.

Plenty of College athletes follow their heart to go to the NFL early because playing in the NFL was their childhood dreams. Others dream of leading their favorite colleges to a national championship.

So, Sam, whatever you decide, stay true to your heart, It has made you who you are today and that is no little feat.

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