TULSA - A few years back, many OU fans were bragging about the fact it is not too often one school could produce two overall number 1 draft choices in two different sports in the same year.
Not only did OU do it, but they also did it with flying colors.
Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin - not a bad combo.
Bragging rights deserved.
The best part? Neither are jerks. Not a sign of trouble. Show up on time. Never a critical word. Team players. Sounds too 1950's doesn't it? But it's true.
Bradford was the number one pick of the St. Louis Rams. He overcame the pressure that went with #1 and the QB position.
The Rams won one game the year before.
Bradford led a bad team to just one win away from the playoffs the following season. Named Rookie of the Year. Despite all his millions after signing a big contract, Bradford went out and spent it on a really nice ping pong table. What does that run? $500?
Blake Griffin was picked by the hapless L.A. Clippers.
In one year, the Clippers were breaking their own attendance records despite being second fiddle to the L.A. Lakers.
The Clippers are mid-pack in attendance on the road. For years they were dead last, by a mile. Now, folks want to see Griffin slam dunk!
And despite all the recent publicity surrounding Griffin and his slam dunk contest victory, he was humbled by it all, and put it in perspective by dedicating the weekend to his best friend in high school, Wilson Holloway.
Holloway died of cancer last week after playing two years of football at Tulsa. Griffin made it to Edmond after the excitement of the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles to be a pallbearer at Holloways funeral.
Griffin is expected to be NBA Rookie of the Year as well.
Bradford and Griffin. Not a bad combo. Both Oklahomans. Circa 1950's. Sometimes going back in time can be pretty good stuff.
Like I said, bragging rights deserved.
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