Your favorite team can’t be in the Super Bowl every year. When Bengal fans scream “Who Dey!?” – do you whisper “What’s that?.” Just in case you’re not a huge fan of the Cincinnati Bengals or haven’t paid attention to the Rams since they were in St Louis and Sooner legend Sam Bradford was their Quarterback – here’s a little Oklahoma to root for in the 2022 Super Bowl.

Cincinnati Bengals

Zac Taylor – Head Coach (Norman High)

A product of Norman High who attended Butler County (KS) Junior College then transferring to lead Nebraska at Quarterback. In one of the classiest moves I’ve seen a NFL Head Coach make in years – Taylor delivered game balls to local Cincinnati bars right after a recent playoff win. No doubt – a guy who gets it.  Fans matter.

Joe Mixon – Running Back (Oklahoma)

Joe had his troubles in Norman before his career even started, but Mixon did his best to atone by being a model citizen…short of some parking troubles, but who hasn’t had campus parking problems?  My college transcript was held hostage as a result of my UCO parking recklessness.  Joes’ ability on the field was never in question and, in Cincinnati, he has shown himself to be an NFL RB1.

Samaje Perine – Running Back (Oklahoma)

My favorite story about Samaje Perine goes as follows: Samaje reports to campus and on move in day, the ever-quiet Perine gets in the elevator with a couple of recruits he had yet had the chance to meet. One whispered to the other “Who’s Dad is that?” I’m pretty sure he had that beard in middle school.  Samaje will be best remembered for his still-to-this-day NCAA single game rushing performance against Kansas. 427 yards…in one game. You could find 100,000 people saying they were there that historic day even though the stadium held less than 90,000.

Jordan Evans – Linebacker (Norman North / Oklahoma)

Evans had a season ending injury five games into this season, but should be there to support his Bengal brothers. I spotted him on the sidelines after the AFC championship and hope for the best the Norman North alumus. During an OU / Texas weekend in Dallas, my son spotted him in the hotel lobby and Jordan took a picture with my son and a friend without a second thought.  Truly gracious young man.

Tre Flowers – Safety (Oklahoma State)

I think if you polled Oklahoma State football fans about Tre Flowers, you might mostly get something like “I remembering him being good, but nothing special”. I guess the reason being and stick with me here – he’s had a successful four-year career in the NFL and that’s not what I expected from him.  Until my research for this article, I did not recall Flowers being an All Big 12 conference performer his senior year as OSU. You see, when I think of secondary players that had good careers in the NFL, I think of someone like R.W. McQuarters. R.W. was a star college player who had a great career in Stillwater.  His college stardom translated into a solid NFL pro. Flowers has continued to develop and turned one year of All-Conference caliber play into a multi-year NFL career.  I think Flowers deserves some more respect from Poke fans. He deserves it.

Los Angeles Rams

Ogbo Okoronkwo – Edge Rusher (Oklahoma)

My favorite memory of “Obo” was the Cotton Bowl in 2017.  After a 29-24 win over Texas in the Cotton Bowl, Obo collapsed (nothing serious) at the 40 yard line and just lay there.  Taking a moment to recover from leaving it all on the field to get a Texas stop and, maybe, just to savor the big win.

Bobby Evans – Offensive Tackle (Oklahoma)

Sometimes athletes can spring up out of a family seemingly out of nowhere, but sometimes your father was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year for basketball in 1994-95. This is the case of Bobby Evans who’s father, Bobby Joe Evans, was a basketball player for Oklahoma. Football Bobby Evans was part of the Joe Moore Award winning offensive line at Oklahoma.  He was a high NFL draft pick who was forced into a starting spot due to injury and has floated around the depth chart since.

Zac Robinson – Assistant Quarterback Coach (Oklahoma State)

There was Brandon Weeden.  A first round pick.  Nearly won a Heisman and did win a Fiesta Bowl over Andrew Luck.  There was Josh Fields.  A major league baseball player who engineered one of the greatest Bedlam victories ever.  Of course, Mike Gundy.  Even Rusty Hilger.  All will be remembered as some of the best quarterbacks in OSU history, but don’t forget Zac Robinson.  Robinson holds a school record of 3671 total offensive yards (847 yards rushing, 2824 yards passing) with 32 touchdowns.  Not just solid.  He’s a Cowboy great.

 

Cheers to the big game from Urbach Law Firm and celebrating at a local watch party like Eddie’s Bar & Grill, Hott Wings in the Railyard and at 2nd & Coltrane. Eddie’s and Hott Wings is now partnering with Ole’, a local eats only delivery service, so if you can’t watch with them, get it to go or delivered!