Sam Bradford knows a thing or two about Johnny Football

Mike Stobe

The Rams' past Heisman winner cast his ballot for Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. The two have more in common than just a trophy.

Sam Bradford knows a thing a two about success at a young age. As a freshman at the University of Oklahoma in 2007, Bradford won the starting job for the Sooners as a freshman in 2007. A year later, he won the Heisman Trophy. This year, the St. Louis Rams third-year quarterback cast his Heisman ballot for another young gun, Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football.

"I did vote for Johnny Manziel," Bradford said on Wednesday. "I just think he deserved it. The way he played as a freshman, the way he was able to lead that team was pretty impressive."

Manziel and Bradford are different types of players, but Bradford knows a thing or two about impressive performances as a freshman. He was named the Sporting News Freshman of the Year in 2007. That season Bradford threw for 3,121 yards, 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His sophomore numbers, his Heisman campaign, went all the way up to 4,721 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight picks.

Manziel's 24 passing touchdowns combined with 19 rushing touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards on the ground.

It'll be fun to watch Manziel in the years ahead.

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