Cowboys' stadium not one of Bradford's favorite places

BY foxsports • September 18, 2013

Sam Bradford has memories of playing in the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium – bad ones.

"Are you referring to my college game there?" the St. Louis Rams quarterback said Wednesday during a conference call with Dallas media. "Then obviously they're not very good."

Bradford will look to erase those memories when he returns to AT&T Stadium on Sunday to play the Cowboys.

Bradford was fresh off his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Oklahoma when he and the Sooners played BYU on Sept. 5, 2009 in Arlington.

It was the first official football game in brand-new Cowboys Stadium, which was recently renamed AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys had played a preseason game in the new facility, but BYU-Oklahoma was the first non-exhibition there.

It was also the beginning of the end of Bradford's collage career. Late in the first half, he was hit after throwing a pass and landed hard on his throwing shoulder.

Bradford sat out the rest of the game, ushering in the Landry Jones era. Oklahoma, considered a national title contender, lost 14-13 and went on to an 8-5 season. Bradford returned for the Texas game but re-injured the shoulder and eventually opted for season-ending surgery and an early departure for the NFL.

"That was supposed to be a big year for myself and our team," said Bradford, who was college teammates with Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. "To get hurt down there in that game and eventually go on to miss most of the season, it's pretty frustrating, and obviously not the best memory of that stadium."

This will be Bradford's first time to play on the AT&T Stadium turf since that bad day in college. The only other time the Rams have visited Arlington, A.J. Feeley quarterbacked a 34-7 loss in place of Bradford who was out with a high ankle sprain.

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