Sam Bradford Wins 2008 Heisman Trophy

OU's Sam Bradford wins Heisman Trophy NEW YORK -- Just 16 months after being named the starting quarterback at Oklahoma, Sam Bradford is the toast of college football and the king of New York.

Bradford on Saturday won the 74th Heisman Trophy, the bronze sculpture awarded to the nation's most outstanding player.

He becomes OU's fifth Heisman winner, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978) and Jason White (2003). All but Sims spent their childhood in Oklahoma and cut their teeth on Sooner football.

Right call: Sam Bradford was the best choice

From its opening kickoff, this season carried a "Year of the Quarterback" label. So at the end, when a best player needed to emerge to win the 74th Heisman Trophy, the nation's most outstanding quarterback seemed the perfect fit.

Congratulations, voters. You got it right by making sure Oklahoma's Sam Bradford hoisted the bronze statue Saturday night in New York.

Oklahoma quarterback Bradford wins Heisman

NEW YORK -- The first person to congratulate Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was the player who won it last year -- Tim Tebow.

The star quarterbacks from the top two teams in the country shook hands Saturday night, then embraced.

On Jan. 8, with the national championship on the line, it won't be so cordial.

Bradford, Oklahoma's amazingly accurate and quick-thinking passer, won the Heisman after leading the highest-scoring team in major college history to the BCS title game.

A year after Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman, Bradford became the second and kept the Florida star from joining Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners.

Bradford and Tebow will soon meet again, when the No. 2 Sooners (12-1) face No. 1 Gators (12-1) in Miami.

I don't think I could put it into words...it's kind of a surreal experience.”

— Sam Bradford