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Bradford donates $500,000 to OU student housing facility

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The rich are getting a little richer, thanks to the rich.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has donated $500,000 to Oklahoma University.  The school announced the gift on Saturday.  The money will help fund Headington Hall, a new student housing facility that opens in 2013.

“My experience at Oklahoma made it possible for me to realize my dreams,” Bradford said.  “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 that 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.”

For his donation, the dining hall in the new building will be dubbed the “Sam Bradford Training Table.”

Headington Hall will cost a total of $75 million to build, which roughly equates to the full value of Bradford’s rookie deal.  The last of the No. 1 overall picks to receive a tremendous windfall under the prior labor deal, the two men taken first overall since 2010 (Cam Newton and Andrew Luck) will get less then a third of that haul during the life of their first NFL contracts.

Still, regardless of how much money someone has, it’s never easy to part with any of it.  Since the platform that Oklahoma provided Bradford with the opportunity to position himself for a huge-money contract, it makes sense that he’s willing to kick a little (or a lot) of it back to the university.

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7 Responses to “Bradford donates $500,000 to OU student housing facility”
  1. walker615 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:27 PM

    Petty of florio to belittle Bradford’s generosity. Just because Bradford makes lots of money doesn’t make a donation of that size any less generous. Granted, I can think of better causes, but his gratitude toward the program is apparent. Recognition is what’s called for here, not backhanded compliments.

  2. jets9311 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    Not quite the $2 million Mr. Suh pledged BEFORE even being drafted, but still a very classy move. It’s nice to read stories like this for a change. Hopefully for his sake it brings some good karma for the upcoming season so his next deal won’t be for a veterans minimum as a backup somewhere. Best of luck to him.

  3. maximusprime107 says: Jun 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Cue the idiots who will say that’s nothing to him and that he should have donated more

  4. stevenfbrackett says: Jun 23, 2012 5:26 PM

    Myself, I am happy he donated to something the general student population will use and not just the athletic department/football team.

  5. ctiggs says: Jun 23, 2012 5:34 PM

    will they help him when he goes broke

  6. jmastk says: Jun 23, 2012 9:09 PM

    It is the University of Oklahoma not Oklahoma University. The OU abbreviation is misleading.

  7. jlanepa says: Jun 25, 2012 9:28 AM

    “… will get less then a third of that haul …”

    so is it “then” or “than?”

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