Oklahoma Football Stars Return Shows Appreciation to University

Luke McConnellCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2011

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Gerald McCoy #93 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled by Tim Tebow #15 and Jason Watkins #77 of the Florida Gators during the first half of the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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You can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been.

An older saying to be sure, but one that is often forgotten by athletes in this day and age. However, two of Oklahoma's greatest players are showing fans that they do remember where they've been.

Sam Bradford and Gerald McCoy starred for three and four years respectively in the crimson and cream and have been appreciative of the fans that cheered them on during their time in Norman.  

Bradford made an appearance at the men's basketball game on February 9 against Texas to be honored at halftime. He didn't say anything during the brief time he was recognized, but Bradford has never been much of a wordy guy.

McCoy will make an appearance at the women's basketball game on Sunday when the Sooners take on the Baylor Lady Bears. McCoy is quite a bit different personality wise from Bradford, so it wouldn't surprise me at all to see McCoy down in the student section during the game pumping up the crowd like he did for so many games while he was at OU.  

It's easy to forget where you're from and who helped you get to a certain place in life when you're the star of a professional team and you're making millions of dollars. All that fame and attention can go to your head really quickly.  

However, Bradford and McCoy are two people who are very appreciative of the things they were taught by family, friends and coaches during their younger years. They also appreciate the support that fans gave them during their time at OU and continue to give them as they have moved on to the NFL.

McCoy was going to be a star no matter where he ended up going to school, but that wasn't necessarily the case with Bradford. He is what he is today because of the coaching that he received at OU. That's a fact.

It's sad when athletes totally abandon their past and act like they got to a place in life totally on their own strength. 

On the flip side, it's very refreshing to see athletes remember all those that helped them along the way and show them the gratitude that they deserve.

It's good to see Bradford and McCoy do that.