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Former Sooners enjoying a special year

It's been a good couple months for Oklahoma. Just before the Super Bowl, former Heisman winner Sam Bradford was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On Wednesday, former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after sitting out a season with a knee injury.

Both were taken No. 1 in their respective drafts, and early in their careers, have made sure their franchise's investments in them have paid off.

Griffin became a household name in the NBA almost overnight with his violent dunks, constant appearances on SportsCenter's Top 10 and an NBA Dunk Contest title.

In his first year, Bradford broke Peyton Manning's record for completions (354) and attempts (590), despite having an average at best receiving corps.

Both Bradford and Griffin, a year apart, didn't hold the distinction that Utah did, when NBA center Andrew Bogut and quarterback Alex Smith both went No. 1 in their drafts in the same year. Those two, though, haven't enjoyed the early success of the Sooners.

Folks from Oklahoma have to enjoy seeing their stars have the kind of success at the next level they've enjoyed so far.