Dr. Andrews compares Bradford to Brees, Favre

This past college football season was a tough one for Sam Bradford. He injured his throwing shoulder in Oklahoma’s first game of the season, and eventually had season-ending surgery. Despite concerns about his shoulder, Bradford has impressed enough in his pre-draft workouts to be seriously considered for the number one overall pick in the NFL draft.

Bradford and noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews joined Bernie Miklasz on ESPN 101 in St. Louis to talk about the health of Bradford’s shoulder and the professional football road ahead. To listen to the interview, go to Sports Radio Interviews.

Quarterback Sam Bradford says he'll be happy to play for whichever team drafts him.
Quarterback Sam Bradford says he’ll be happy to play for whichever team drafts him.

Does Bradford have a preference for which team drafts him?

Bradford: It’s a draft. I believe that you go to whatever team picks you. Obviously, the Rams have the first pick, and if they pick me I would be in St. Louis. It’s that simple. I think it would be a great opportunity.

I have always dreamed of playing in the NFL. If I do happen to be the number one pick and go to St. Louis, I think that’s a great opportunity and something I have looked forward to for a long time now.

What is Dr. Andrews’ opinion of Bradford’s shoulder?

Dr. Andrews: I quit worrying about Sam months ago. He never had any setback or any kind of complaint. He is a very dedicated athlete. There are three quarterbacks that I can go back to with that kind of dedication that Sam has had with his recovery. Recently, one of those quarterbacks was the likes of Drew Brees, for example, and Brett Favre.

Sam has got that maturity and really got himself in super shape in this recovery period. As he will tell you, he is probably stronger than he has ever been. He has put on some 13 pounds of upper-extremity muscle. He is completely recovered, so he is ready to go.

How hard does Bradford work at football?

Bradford: To be successful at the quarterback position, I believe your intangibles have to be as strong, if not stronger than your physical attributes. I feel as though I bring a lot of things to the table as far as intangibles.

I have an extremely hard work ethic. I put more pressure on myself to succeed than anyone could imagine. If I am the number one pick, I guarantee I am going to work as hard as I can to let everyone know that the team that drafted me made the right decision.

I feel like I am very intelligent, that I make quick decisions on the football field. I feel like I have everything that I need to be successful at the quarterback position.

Obviously, I have a lot to learn about the NFL game. I know it’s much different than the college game, but I am willing to put in the time and the effort to make sure that I understand and am prepared to step on that field and help whoever it is that drafts me win football games.

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This past college football season was a tough one for Sam Bradford. He injured his throwing shoulder in Oklahoma’s first game of the season, and eventually had season-ending surgery. Despite concerns about his shoulder, Bradford has impressed enough in his pre-draft workouts to be seriously considered for the number one overall pick in the NFL draft.

Bradford and noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews joined Bernie Miklasz on ESPN 101 in St. Louis to talk about the health of Bradford’s shoulder and the professional football road ahead. To listen to the interview, go to Sports Radio Interviews.

Quarterback Sam Bradford says he'll be happy to play for whichever team drafts him.
Quarterback Sam Bradford says he’ll be happy to play for whichever team drafts him.

Does Bradford have a preference for which team drafts him?

Bradford: It’s a draft. I believe that you go to whatever team picks you. Obviously, the Rams have the first pick, and if they pick me I would be in St. Louis. It’s that simple. I think it would be a great opportunity.

I have always dreamed of playing in the NFL. If I do happen to be the number one pick and go to St. Louis, I think that’s a great opportunity and something I have looked forward to for a long time now.

What is Dr. Andrews’ opinion of Bradford’s shoulder?

Dr. Andrews: I quit worrying about Sam months ago. He never had any setback or any kind of complaint. He is a very dedicated athlete. There are three quarterbacks that I can go back to with that kind of dedication that Sam has had with his recovery. Recently, one of those quarterbacks was the likes of Drew Brees, for example, and Brett Favre.

Sam has got that maturity and really got himself in super shape in this recovery period. As he will tell you, he is probably stronger than he has ever been. He has put on some 13 pounds of upper-extremity muscle. He is completely recovered, so he is ready to go.

How hard does Bradford work at football?

Bradford: To be successful at the quarterback position, I believe your intangibles have to be as strong, if not stronger than your physical attributes. I feel as though I bring a lot of things to the table as far as intangibles.

I have an extremely hard work ethic. I put more pressure on myself to succeed than anyone could imagine. If I am the number one pick, I guarantee I am going to work as hard as I can to let everyone know that the team that drafted me made the right decision.

I feel like I am very intelligent, that I make quick decisions on the football field. I feel like I have everything that I need to be successful at the quarterback position.

Obviously, I have a lot to learn about the NFL game. I know it’s much different than the college game, but I am willing to put in the time and the effort to make sure that I understand and am prepared to step on that field and help whoever it is that drafts me win football games.

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