Bradford's high-school nemesis now an assistant wrestling coach

December, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Sam Bradford entered his senior season in high school at Putnam City North as Oklahoma's best high school quarterback in 2005.

A funny thing happened on the way to the presentation of Bradford's high school honors. The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter details how Bradford's team was stunned by Mustang in the fourth week of Bradford's senior season. The biggest reason was 5-foot-6 starting quarterback Matt Edmonds, who accounted for all five touchdowns in his team's 38-17 victory. Bradford was intercepted three times in the loss.

From there, Mustang became the fashionable emerging power as it overachieved its way to the state championship game. Edmonds passed for a state-record 42 touchdown passes and was chosen All-State offensive player of the year over Bradford.

Putnam City North finished 5-5 as Bradford was relegated to second-team all-state behind Edmonds.

Because of his prototypical 6-foot-4 size, Bradford has gone on to become only the second Oklahoma quarterback to earn the Heisman Trophy. After only two seasons, he's on pace to break nearly every school passing record if he stays in school.

Edmonds hasn't been quite as fortunate, according to Trotter's story. He played two seasons at tiny NAIA school Southern Nazarene, but never made it off the sideline and quit before the season started earlier this year.

Now, he's taking classes at Oklahoma City Community College and works as an assistant wrestling coach at his old high school. He was at a wrestling match last week when he learned that Bradford had won the Heisman.

Trotter's story finds that Edmonds doesn't begrudge Bradford his college success. Bradford's upcoming dreams take him to Miami for next month's FedEx BCS National Championship Game against Florida.

Edmonds told Trotter he has some dreams in the Sunshine State, too. But his aspirations perhaps account for the 10 inches of difference in his height compared to Bradford.

"I want to try and start my own business," Edmonds said. "Buy a boat. Take people deep-sea fishing."

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