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Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford is a quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. He was selected during the 2010 National Football League draft after an impressive stint in college football. When he was just a sophomore, Bradford won the Heisman Trophy, making him only the second sophomore ever to win the coveted award. In his first season in the NFL, he earned the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Despite his outstanding rookie-year performance, it remains to be seen whether the team will get its money’s worth: The six-year deal Bradford signed in July 2010 was valued at $78 million, $50 million of which is guaranteed. This was, without exception, the most lucrative contract ever paid to an NFL rookie.

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