Bradford Loses His Bet

Sam Bradford

ST. LOUIS — Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford is a man of his word.

The Rams rookie and proud University of Oklahoma product lost a bet with fellow rookie wide receiver and Missouri product Danario Alexander on the outcome of Saturday's Big 12 Conference showdown.

So after Missouri rallied for a 36-27 victory on Saturday, Bradford appeared in front of the media following Wednesday's practice at Rams Park wearing a No. 14 Tigers jersey with his name on the back.

"Missouri did win," Bradford said, "so here I am in front of the media wearing a Missouri shirt today."

Had the Sooners won, Bradford had a plan for Alexander.

"He would have been decked out," the quarterback said. "I was going to bring a hat and a shirt. He was going to be all OU-geared out. I didn't have a jersey for him, though. This is pretty clever."

The quarterback was asked if he considered going to Missouri out of high school, but the Oklahoma native replied jokingly: "I wanted to win Big 12 championships, so I went to Oklahoma."

BRADFORD REFLECTS ON FIRST HALF

The 22-year-old rookie was asked what he has learned so far as he nears the halfway point of his rookie season.

"I've learned a lot, obviously," Bradford said. "From week one to now, it's night and day just the way I feel going into games, what I'm able to see watching tape throughout the week.

"One thing that I have learned, we're halfway through the season and the NFL seasons are long. It's seven days a week, non-stop football. There's nothing to take your mind of football. That's something I've had to deal with a little bit but I feel like I've handled that well. I feel like as long as the team and I continue to make progress, we're definitely going in the right direction."

The Rams are 3-4 and Bradford has had some ups and downs.

He has completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,483 yards, with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 71.4. He is tied with the Bears' Jay Cutler for 14th in the NFL in passing yards, is tied for 13th in touchdowns but is 28th in QB rating.

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