Sam Bradford reads Bible before game
When the St. Louis Rams play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Seattle's defense will be ready to attack Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. They'll try to rattle him, hit him, fluster him and get in his face.
But Bradford has a secret weapon.
Before Bradford leaves his hotel, he will read the story of David and Goliath from the Bible. He has read this story before every game.
David and Goliath is a story about an impossible situation. A story about never losing heart when you think you might have something to fear. It's the story of a young David, emerging as a leader.
Bradford wants his teammates to see a leader in himself.
"I want them to see a competitor," he said by phone. "Someone who is going to go out on the field and give everything they have for four quarters and do everything they can to help this football team win."
All year Bradford has been proving he is a capable leader and his rookie season in the NFL appears to be anything but fearful.
"For a rookie quarterback to start every game, play every snap and do everything throughout and maintain the kind of consistency that he's had, that's a tremendous accomplishment in itself alone." Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "Now he is in a chance to win a division."
Anyone who has watched Bradford play this year sees a talented quarterback, one who's proven he has the ability to withstand tough hits. Bradford has shown he's capable of turning the team around. The Rams have moved from a one win season last year to one win away from the playoffs this year.
Maybe it's time for Sam Bradford to stop reading the story of David and Goliath? Why would he need that story now?
"It reassures me every Sunday that when I go out on that field that I'm not going out alone," he said. "God is with me in everything I do, just like he was with David. I think that just really gives me comfort. It really gives me strength."
Anna McDonald is a staff writer for The Hardball Times.