Sam Bradford donates $500,000 to OU for residence hall
Sam Bradford donated $500,000 toward construction of Headington Hall. To recognize Bradford's gift, OU athletes will eat at "The Sam Bradford Training Table" located on Headington's first floor when the facility opens. JEFF ROBERSON/Associated Press
NORMAN – Sam Bradford, who Oklahoma helped become the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, is literally repaying his alma mater.
OU announced Saturday Bradford's $500,000 donation toward Headington Hall, the new student housing facility scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. Forty-nine percent of Headington's residents will be athletes, with all freshman athletes expected to make it their home.
"My experience at Oklahoma made it possible for me to realize my dreams," said Bradford, about to begin his third season as the St. Louis Rams starting quarterback. "The coaches, the academic environment and every aspect of being a student-athlete at OU made me a better person.
"I am honored to give back to a program that did so much for me and hope in some way this contribution can make it possible for those who follow me to enjoy the same kind of experience I did as a Sooner."
To recognize Bradford's gift, OU athletes will eat at "The Sam Bradford Training Table" located on Headington's first floor when the facility opens.
"Sam embraced our incredible tradition here at OU and was relentless in helping his teammates enhance it," athletics director Joe Castiglione said in a university release. "In Sam's typical humble fashion, he continues to serve as a wonderful role model for all OU alumni through his actions and deeds like this generous gift."
Bradford's gift comes on the heels of Adrian Peterson's $1 million donation last April. That, too, went toward Headington's construction, as well as a football scholarship endowment.
OU plans to recognize Peterson's donation by naming the residence hall's academic area and study lounge after the All-American running back.
Bradford quarterbacked the Sooners from 2006-08, setting 15 school records along the way. He won the Heisman while leading OU to an NCAA record-setting 716 points in '08, and leading his team to the national championship game against Florida.
Bradford lost most of his 2009 season to a shoulder injury but still became the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The Rams signed him to a $78 million contract, and he went on to set an NFL rookie record with 354 completions.
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