Sam Bradford is sad. And angry. And hurt. The Philadelphia Eagles want him around, but not in any kind of serious way. He’s their fallback guy, their summer fling until something better comes along. Sad Sam is ready for long-term commitment, but Philadelphia is just not that into him. We’ve all been there. It sucks to not be wanted or to be more invested in a relationship than the other. Sam is only human and, like all hurting humans, he is drowning his sorrows in moody music while crushing a few too many pints of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
While Sam isn’t returning anybody’s phone calls, we were able to get a hold of the playlist he’s been sulking to on repeat since the Eagles traded up for the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft and drafted his future replacement – Carson Wentz. To listen to the songs straight through, hit play on the playlist at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Is this just a silly game
That forces you to act this way?
Sam kicks things off with a classic break up jam by Lauryn Hill. What does it all mean? Is football worth all this pain?
But I’m on the outside
I’m looking in.
I can see through you
See your true colors.
If you’re not familiar with this track, God bless you, just move along, but if you listened to the radio at all in 2001, this track was unavoidable. Poor Sam feels left out of the Eagles plans and Staind helps him wallow in it.
Somebody said you got a new friend
Does she love you better than I can?
The only thing worse than the breakup is knowing it’s because there’s someone else. Nobody wants to be rejected, but being replaced is even worse. Sam’s in the corner watching Eagles fans kiss Carson Wentz. He’ll keep dancing on his own.
Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes.
While the lyrics attempt to comfort and uplift, this song is a classic self-pity anthem. Hold on, Sam, everybody hurts.
Suddenly I’m not half the man I used to be.
There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.
Things were fine until they weren’t. Yesterday, Sam was the quarterback of the future (or at least had the chance to be), now he needs a place to hide away. Poor Sam.
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear.
You are someone else
I am still right here.
First, Johnny Cash owns this song – Nine Inch Nails is just gonna have to take the “L” on this one (it joins Jimmy Hendrix’s Watchtower redux as one of the few covers to surpass the original). Sam is feeling bitter and alone. He hasn’t changed, the Eagles have.
But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
Sam’s feeling the rejection. Maybe he is the problem, after all. Maybe a big city and bright spotlight isn’t the place for simple Sam Bradford. *NSFW version
My hands are tied
My body bruised, she’s got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose.
Sam’s in a lose-lose situation since he demanded to be traded and the Eagles shrugged him off. There’s no real desire for him outside of Philly – if there was, he wouldn’t have signed the short-term contract that he did – and now he is despised by Eagles fans. Sam is between a rock and a hard place – with or without the Eagles.
And if you hate me,
Then hate me so good
That you can let me out
Of this hell when you’re around.
Sam’s sadness is turning to anger, by this point. If Philadelphia doesn’t want him, screw ’em, just let him go. This one was definitely on repeat when Sam told his agent to demand a trade. *NSFW
I hope he buys you flowers.
I hope he holds your hand.
Give you all his hours
When he has the chance.
Sam’s slowly coming around to the idea that maybe he could have been better. By the time all this shakes out, he’ll look back with a wistful thought about what could have been. Harboring no ill will, Sam graciously wishes Carson Wentz the best and hopes that he gives Philadelphia, what Sam couldn’t.
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