Even before accepting an offer to play football for the Oklahoma
Sooners in 2010, Archie Bradley says he's still a lifelong OU fan. He returned to his home in Broken Arrow this week after completing his
second full season as a minor-league pitcher.
"Up there in Norman, on game days, I keep up with it quite a bit," Bradley admits.
to say the former Broken Arrow quarterback regrets not following
through with a commitment to play football for the Sooners. That's what
going seventh overall in Major League Baseball's amateur draft two
years ago followed by signing a five-million-dollar contract with the Arizona
Diamondbacks can do.
Seeing as how the three-man quarterback
competition was so close up through the start of this 2013 college
football season at Oklahoma, Bradley can't help but wonder what might
"I was telling some of my teammates: I'm not
saying I would have started, but just the way I believe in myself, and
the way I compete, I think I would have had a really good chance to
compete for a starting job there," said Bradley.
When asked about
his style as a quarterback, Bradley said, "I can run. I'm not as
athletic as they are. I'm not nearly as fast or anything. But I could
throw. With the offense they've changed to, I feel like I could have run
that very well."
It's not unheard of, particularly in Oklahoma,
to see former professional baseball players become successful college
quarterbacks. The most recent case was Brandon Weeden, who led the
Oklahoma State Cowboys to their first BCS bowl appearance at the end of the 2011
season. He also was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft
four months later.
Unlike Weeden, who also was a professional
pitcher, Bradley was just a finalist for National Minor League Player of
the Year and arguably the top overall MLB prospect according to
analysts at Baseball America and ESPN. Barring an epic meltdown, Archie
Bradley will be a big league pitcher soon-- just not in 2013.
acknowledged his disappointment to not finishing this season with
Arizona. But the way he sees it, "I can only control pitching and what
they decide to do with me is their choice and I'm just going to go out
there and pitch. And hopefully next year I get a chance."
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