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Sam Bradford named Rams' starter

The St. Louis Rams named prized rookie Sam Bradford their starter at quarterback entering the season.

Bradford was chosen by the Rams with the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April and was signed in July to a six-year, $78 million contract that included a record $50 million in guaranteed money.

"We're confident," Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo said at a news conference Saturday. "The [coaching] staff is confident. The team is confident. It's well deserved. He deserves this opportunity.... It was evident these last three [preseason] games that he had pretty good control of what we're doing, that the team rallies around him."

The Rams open the regular season Sept. 12 at home against the Arizona Cardinals. Bradford will be backed up by veteran A.J. Feeley.

"Obviously I was extremely excited," Bradford said at a news conference. "I feel like coach has given me a great opportunity here to start next week versus Arizona. But I realize there's a lot of responsibility that comes with that opportunity."

By Mark Maske  |  September 4, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  | Category:  Rams Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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