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2010 NFL Draft: An Exclusive Interview with Likely No. 1 Pick Sam Bradford

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2010 NFL Draft: An Exclusive Interview with Likely No. 1 Pick Sam Bradford
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With the NFL draft around the corner, all the hype, buzz, and excitement will be realized when the St. Louis Rams make their the first overall selection.

But before we reach the climax, I got a chance to sit down and talk to the man whose name may very well be the first spoken on the tongue of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday.

Q: "Thanks for taking a few minutes to talk to me, I'm going to jump right in, how is the shoulder?"

Sam Bradford: " It's really good, the shoulder feels great. I think everyone will tell you it's probably stronger than it ever has been. I feel like everyone who came to my pro day and saw me throw, saw that my arm strength was definitely back, saw that my accuracy was back, so I couldn't be happier with my shoulder and the way it's preforming right now."

Q: "Draft day is two days away, what's it like for you right now, what are your feelings heading into Thursday?"

Sam Bradford: " Right now it's all pretty relaxed, just having fun, you know doing some different deals like this, but I'm sure once Thursday morning gets here, and into the afternoon, I'm sure the butterflies will start floating around and I'll be a little nervous."

Q: "Any teams or cities that stand out at you that maybe you would want to play for more than the rest?"

Sam Bradford: "You know, I don't think so, I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to play somewhere, it doesn't really matter where it is. I'm going to [be] extremely excited wherever it is, so I can't say that there is one team I would want to play for over another."

Q: "Growing up, has it always been that you've wanted to play in the NFL?"

Sam Bradford: " No. I didn't even know I was going to play football in college until I was a junior in high school. That's when I decided. I played tons of different sports growing up, I played football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, it was just one after another. Sometimes it was two going on, so it was crazy. So it's not like I sat down when I was ten years old and said I want to be a football player, I did everything and it just kind of happened, and I ended up falling into football, and it's what I love to do and I really enjoy it. That's one thing, I think a lot of kids specialize, they decide really young they want to do this or that, and they don't give other things a chance, and I would just encourage kids to be open-minded, and to do as many different things as you can when you're young. When you're young, it's really the only time you can play multiple sports. The older you get, the harder it becomes with your schedule, especially when it comes to school sports, so I just encourage everyone to do as many different things as possible."

Q: "Have there been any coaches or players who have spoken to you about what you can expect from the NFL?"

Sam Bradford: " You know I've had several conversations with different players. It's just been about what's ahead of me. They all seem to tell me to have fun with everything, because you never know how long you're going to be playing, when it's going to be taken from you, when you're going to retire. They all say it's very short and it's one of the best times of your life, so just enjoy the moment."

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