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5 Things to Know About New Vikings QB Sam Bradford

The Vikings acquired quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, adding another signal caller to the roster after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. 

Bradford, an Oklahoma native, has played for the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles in his career. He has 63 career starts and has thrown for 14,790 yards and 78 touchdowns for an 81.0 career passing rating. 

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest quarterback:


1. Some familiar faces

Bradford will see a few recognizable faces around Winter Park, as he was teammates with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson at the University of Oklahoma during the 2006 season when Bradford was a redshirt freshman. Vikings tight ends coach Pat Shurmur was the Eagles offensive coordinator and interim head coach last season when Bradford started 14 games. Bradford was backed up by Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill in St. Louis in 2014.

View images of the Vikings new QB Sam Bradford after he was acquired pending a physical from the Eagles on Saturday.

2. Cream of the crop

Bradford enjoyed a successful career at Oklahoma, winning the 2008 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns. Bradford would later be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He is one of eight players to win a Heisman and be the first pick in the draft.

3. First-year flourish

Bradford excelled with the Rams during his rookie season, throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns to win the 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bradford set an NFL rookie record with 354 completions during his first season in the pros.

4. Bounced back

Bradford missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL injury before being traded to Philadelphia. Bradford promptly set Eagles franchise records in completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0 percent), and finished fourth in team history in passing yardage (3,725), in his only season in Philadelphia.

5. Multi-sport star

Besides being a standout football player at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma, Bradford also excelled on the basketball court, averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a senior. He was also on the golf team.  

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