Fickle fortunes after stars collide
As NFL's No. 1 pick, Bradford rebounds from hit by BYU LB, whose playing career ends
NEW YORK -- They've never talked to each other. Never texted. Never e-mailed. Never called.But Thursday evening, when Sam Bradford walked onto the Radio City Music Hall stage as the No. 1 pick of the 2010 NFL draft, Coleby Clawson was getting updates, bittersweetly, as it turns out, on his cell phone from his new apartment in Billings, Mont. Clawson and his wife, Breanna, just moved to Billings a day ago and don't have cable yet. He's spending his summer selling alarm systems door to door. Bradford will be spending his summer -- and his foreseeable future -- playing quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. "I can't wait to get there," Bradford said. They don't know each other, but Clawson and Bradford are connected by a single defining play that essentially ended Bradford's 2009 season, his chance at a historic Heisman two-peat and -- Who knew at the time? -- maybe his hopes of an NFL career. Now Bradford will make millions and Clawson will make sales calls. "It's going to be tough watching [the draft], knowing I'm done," Clawson wrote when we traded texts earlier Thursday.
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