Dr. Andrews hasn't worried about Bradford for months
Sam Bradford has been put in a class with some elite quarterbacks by Dr. James Andrews, the man who worked on his shoulder.
It’s a very elite club headed by Brett Favre and Drew Brees, Andrews told Bernie Miklasz on ESPN 101 in St. Louis.
“I quit worrying about Sam months ago,” Andrews said, per sportsradiointerviews.com. “He never had any setback or any kind of complaint. He is a very dedicated athlete. There are three quarterbacks that I can go back to with that kind of dedication that Sam has had with his recovery. Recently one of those quarterbacks was the likes of Drew Brees for example and Brett Favre.
“Sam has got that maturity and really got himself in super shape in this recovery period. As he will tell you, he is probably stronger than he has ever been. He has put on some 13 pounds of upper-extremity muscle. He is completely recovered, so he is ready to go.”
That’s good news for the St. Louis Rams, who figure to select Bradford No. 1 overall when they realize they will be unable to trade the pick. Bradford told Miklasz that he’s anxious to apply that work ethic to learning the craft at the NFL level now that he’s recovered fully.
“To be successful at the quarterback position, I believe your intangibles have to be as strong, if not stronger than your physical attributes. I feel as though I bring a lot of things to the table as far as intangibles,” Bradford said. “I have an extremely hard work ethic. I put more pressure on myself to succeed than anyone could imagine.
“If I am the No. 1 overall pick, I am going to work as hard as I can to let everyone know that the team that drafted me made the right decision. I feel like I am very intelligent, that I make quick decisions on the football field. I feel like I have everything that I need to be successful at the quarterback position. Obviously, I have a lot to learn about the NFL game. I know it’s much different than the college game, but I am willing to put in the time and the effort to make sure that I understand and am prepared to step on that field and help whoever it is that drafts me win football games.”
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