Sr. Associate A.D. for Communications
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Mossman writes this column for SoonerSports.com.
Mossman joined the OU staff in August of 2001 as director of media relations. In August of 2002, he was promoted to assistant athletics director. He was promoted to associate AD for media relations and communication in August 2004, then received his latest promotion in June 2006.
At OU, he supervises media relations, publications, graphic design, SoonerSports.com, licensing and SoonerVision.
In media relations, with his primary sport responsibility pertaining to football, he and his staff have promoted winners of the Heisman, Bednarik, Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski, O'Brien and Thorpe Awards. In all, OU has won 10 college football national player awards and 20 All-America citations during his tenure.
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Sam Bradford is his own man. It's a good thing, too, because a lot of other people apparently want to be Sam, or at least make life decisions on his behalf.
From turning pro, to shoulder surgery to what he orders in restaurants, everybody has an opinion for Sam. There are newborns with less outside interference.
The scrutiny is incessant. And that's to be expected for any high-profile Oklahoma student-athlete, but especially for a Heisman Trophy winner.
It's just that it's lost on a guy who so values privacy and personal space. Never has there been a more unwilling lightning rod.
By now, the outside commentary is repetitive. The go-pro camp, the have-surgery camp and the come-back-to-college camp long since ran out of new material.
So here's to opening up a fourth camp, the same one found in our Declaration of Independence.
Sam, do whatever the heck you want. It's your shoulder, your college life and your future. Rest in the knowledge that God blessed you with not only an athletically gifted body, but also a sharp mind. Pursue happiness, your happiness. And let it be the happiness that you define for yourself.
What Sam Bradford does in the realm of his injury and his career is Sam's to decide. The pontificators will pontificate as they are paid so handsomely to do, and anyone with a keyboard is prone to do the same.
Perhaps what we should be saying is, "Sam, we'll be here when you have an announcement. In the meantime, we wish you all the best in making the decision that best suits you. If you're happy, we're happy."