I'll admit the only reason I started paying any attention to professional football in general and the Ram's in particular is because of Sam Bradford. I'm an O.U. fan first, Sam fan second and Ram's fan third now having said that I'm curious about the team as a whole but that is a different story now I'm going to talk about pressure. I know that most Ram fan's took a look at the schedule and panicked and bemoaned the fact that it's tough and some are probably saying to themselves 'Well there's no way that Sam will be able to handle the pressure of going against the eagles and giant's and so forth.' Well that's where your wrong and this is where I start comparing college O.U. level football to the professional level football in the form of pressure.
Now there is no comparison to college and professional football in everything else but when it comes to the O.U. and Texas football rivalry the pressure is more intense then professional football; for those who have not had the privilege to watch one should do so and you will understand what I'm about to talk about. Now for you to understand what I'm talking about you first have to realize that the rivalry has been going on for over 100 years and it's no small exaggeration that the rivalry spans generation's for a lot of O.U. and Texas fan's and it's also very personal people have been known to end up dead, here is an example of what I'm talking about a O.U. fan murdered a Texas fan because he was a Texas fan. Now that is not a reflection of all O.U. fan's but that's just an example of how intense and personal it can become and has known to become. The game itself is located in Houston and played during the Texas state fair the stadium is divided in the middle. Texas fan's sit on one side and O.U. fan's sit on the other side and the stadium has a seating capacity of 92,100 which is filled to capacity during the rivalry and during the game it get's louder then the Seahawk games at their stadium by the way the Ram's didn't lose that game because Sam panicked and couldn't hear it was because he didn't have adequate receiver's.
The player's themselves play the game personally and when they play they go out to hurt the quarterback permanently if possible and if they do they celebrate it and they also take a lot of cheap shot's and I'm talking about player's on both sides. The refs. which technically are supposed to be neutral generally are not and favor Texas in their callings. Now whether or not it is right or wrong O.U. fan's put a lot of pressure on their quarterback's and expect them play extremely well and make very little mistakes whether it is Josh Heupel, Jason White or Sam Bradford. That is the kind of pressure that Sam was under so when it comes to playing the Eagles, Giant's or any other game you will not see him panic.....ever it also help's that he is a very, very talented player. I can go on about his ability to see far down the field and so forth but I won't I'll just say that when it comes to pressure he thrives in it and play's better football. So I wouldn't worry about playing against the big team's because all you have to do is let him loose and let him play the way he's used too which is no huddle and under intense pressure.