McCoy, Bradford renew their rivalry Saturday
October, 13, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford's personal relationship goes beyond football.
But Saturday's game will decide their storied rivalry that stands at a game apiece after the last two seasons. Bradford won the Heisman Trophy last season with McCoy finishing second.
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|Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy became friends while attending awards banquets last season.|
“The first one seems like it was a long time ago,” McCoy said, thinking back to his first start in the series in 2006. “But the last one I played in seems like it was forever ago, too. We’ve both changed since then.”
The annual rivalry is something that both quarterbacks relish.
Bradford remembers watching games with his father, Kent, a former Oklahoma offensive lineman. Roy Williams’ leap in 2001 that saved the Sooners’ 14-3 victory remains one of Bradford's most vivid memories of the series. He’s had even more fun playing in the games.
McCoy said that participating in the series is one of his most treasured college memories.
“These four games over the last four years are some of the most fun games I’ve played in,” McCoy said. “They are the games you remember because of the tradition, the rivalry and just how big a conference game it is.”
The duo developed a friendship while attending awards banquets last season. They had some fun during an ESPN shoot at the Cotton Bowl earlier this summer.
And after Bradford sustained a third-degree sprained shoulder earlier this year, McCoy immediately contacted him.
“Colt is a great guy,” Bradford said. “Him sending me a text message after I got hurt telling me he was praying for me and to keep my head up shows a lot about him. For him to keep encouraging me, it says a lot about him.”
Both have talked about maintaining their relationship after their college careers end.
"In the end, we’re both football players,” Bradford said. “Obviously, we are both trying to beat each other, but at the same time we can help each other in a lot of different ways. We play a lot of the same teams this year. Our offenses are fairly similar. Helping each other out, we can do that.”
Here’s a look at Bradford and McCoy’s statistics in previous Red River Rivalry games.