Sooners lose, quarterback Bradford pays up

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 8:42 p.m. CDT; updated 9:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ST. LOUIS — It's humility week for rookie Sam Bradford.

Not only is he taking the St. Louis Rams' last-minute loss at Tampa Bay hard, his beloved Oklahoma Sooners got knocked off.

The No. 1 pick showed he was a good sport Wednesday, donning a Missouri jersey with his name and college number 14 on the front and back to his weekly media session.

That helped lighten the mood for at least a while, and Bradford returning volley on questions relating to the Big 12 North leaders, and whether Missouri's academic standards were too high for him to consider that school out of college.

"Absolutely not," Bradford said. "I wanted to win Big 12 championships."

Also, whether this was one of his worst moments.

"This," he joked, "is definitely down there."

Bradford wore the jersey to pay off a friendly wager with wide receiver Danario Alexander, a fellow rookie who played for Missouri. The Tigers beat the Sooners for only the second time in 21 games on Saturday, knocking Oklahoma from No. 1 in the BCS.

"He would have been decked out. I was going to bring a hat and a shirt and he was going to be all OU-geared out," Bradford said. "But I didn't have a jersey for him. Pretty clever."

Walking off the field after practice, Alexander was eager to see the look on Bradford's face when he saw the jersey hanging in his locker.

"The whole Mizzou Nation is going to like it," Alexander said. "Check him out."

Seconds after leaving the session, the jersey came off. Using two fingers, he held the offending item at arms length as if it was poisonous, crammed it into a cranny of his stall.

"It's going right back to Mr. Alexander," Bradford said. "He can take it wherever he got it."

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