Snapshot: Mark Bradley

Second Round pick Mark Bradley took a few moments after his first practice with the Bears to talk about what he needs to do to succeed, his NFL bloodline and why he's got a chip on his shoulder.

There's no doubt Bradley has the athletic ability to succeed in the NFL, but this rookie receiver is willing to work on all phases of the game.

While Bradley is still learning the receiver position, he knows hitting the books in order will him the upper hand on the field.

"I really don't mind the classroom aspect too much" Bradley said. ‘It's all part of the game. You do what you have to do. Anything that improves my playing ability is fine by me."

Bradley, a native of Pine Bluff Arkansas, comes to the Bears out of Oklahoma where he played for the Sooners both junior and senior year.

As a high school student in Pine Bluff, Bradley was proficient in a number of sports. Although much of his concentration centered on football, Bradley also enjoyed competing in track and field. He set the state high jump record with a height of 7'4" and held the state meet long jump record of 24'7 1/2".

"I have a good vertical leap," said the 6-2" 201 lb. rookie receiver. "That might come in pretty handy when I go up for the long ball," Bradley said.

Bradley said that the person who seemed most excited when he was drafted by the Bears was his father Danny, a former Sooner quarterback from 1981-84,who played at WR briefly in the pros.

"My father worked hard with me and he always believed in me," Bradley said. "Most of what I've achieved today is due to his effort and care. I think that his advice will make my transition into this level much easier. He learned a lot about football and about life when he played, and he's passing that information down to me."

Although he's a native of the South, Bradley feels fortunate that he won't need to adjust to a dramatically different climate for this fall's football season.

"In Oklahoma, it was pretty cold a lot of the time. This is very familiar to me and I think that could be somewhat of an advantage."

Bradley plans to use every advantage he can find as he seeks to prove himself on the field at a professional level. Feeling that he should have gone sooner in the draft, Bradley hopes to give several teams who passed him by second thoughts.

"Sure, I hoped that I'd go much sooner than 39th"Bradley said. "In fact, I was shocked at the time. But I think that I can turn this into a positive. I have the need to show just how good I can be. Whatever I can do for the Bears is great. You can be assured that I'm going to give this my all, or the team, for my father, and for myself."

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