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Sidekick to Slingin’ Sam

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You might have seen his face or heard his name a week or so ago when Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy.

Kelsey Cline was part of the Oklahoma quarterback’s traveling party. Some of you may have wondered who he is. Others may have wondered where you’d heard that name before.

Cline is currently the golf coach at Oklahoma Christian University, but he also played collegiately at OU.

Bradford’s passion for golf is well known. He played throughout his life, then on the golf team at Putnam North High School. Even though his attention has turned to football, he’s still a scratch golfer.

But the ironic thing is that while Bradford and Cline have a common interest in golf, the sport wasn’t the reason that these two became good buddies. Cline, who talked about their bond on Oklahoma Christian’s website, says that their friendship began when Bradford was still a toddler. Bradford’s mother, Martha, was Cline’s elementary physical education teacher in Mustang, and Cline’s mother, Connie, started babysitting little Sam.

They’ve been buddies ever since.

Needless to say, Cline was a bit nervous during the Heisman ceremony.

“I will tell you that those final 15 seconds when the gentleman was reading the Heisman winner, I thought my heart was going to pound out of my shirt,” Cline said on Oklahoma Christian’s website. “When Sam’s name was called I jumped out of my chair with my arms in the air. I think it’s probably the most proud I’ve ever been of someone winning an award.”

You can read more about Cline and Bradford on Oklahoma Christian’s website

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›