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Sam Bradford - Cherokee
Native Brief: NORMAN, OKLAHOMA - A statue that was unveiled earlier this year on May 14 of the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, Sam Bradford, Cherokee, will be erected tomorrow on August 31 in Heisman Park.
Bradford is the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams and will be unable to attend the erection of the statue due to his NFL schedule. However, he was on hand on May 14 when it was unveiled.
"Recognizing the statue of Heisman winner Sam Bradford was unveiled this past spring, we are excited for it to be placed alongside our other four winners." said OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione.
"Unfortunately, our home schedule didn't coincide with Sam's, so we're moving ahead with plans to have it installed with the blessing of the Bradford family knowing that we'll hold a formal ceremony later."
Sam Bradford approved the installation and looks forward to a time when he can get back for a ceremony.
"I am flattered to be honored this way and humbled to be mentioned with people like Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White,"
Sam Bradford said. "Unfortunately, due to my responsibilities with the Rams, I can't get back to campus this fall as the statue is placed in Heisman Park, but I remain very appreciative."
“My family and I had the opportunity to review the statue during its development and we're pleased with the final product. I look forward to a time when I can get back to Oklahoma and celebrate the OU tradition with Sooner fans.”
OU officials have announced that they will move ahead to erect the statue on Aug. 31, with no ceremony, but will celebrate the piece when Bradford is able to attend. Previous dedications have taken place the day before or day of Sooner home games.
The statue of Bradford will join existing statues of Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White, OU's other Heisman Trophy winners.
posted August 30, 2011 6:59 am edt
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