On Mother's Day, one of my presents to my wife was the time to cook something. It had been a while, and she loves to cook, you see. Anyway, she returned the favor. One of my presents: getting to grill anything I want. So steak, buffalo steak and quail are on the menu for lunch today. What are your plans?
Also: Happy Father's Day to all you Rock M daddies (and, I guess, future daddies) out there.
Franklin has his dad's right arm. Willie didn't just play receiver at OU, he threw the javelin. Rather, he launched the javelin. The thing soared 242 feet, 9 inches one day in '71. It's still a Sooners record.
Willie was strong and agile enough to be an accomplished wrestler. He had the hands and speed to score a couple of big touchdowns during OU's '70 season, a 75-yarder in a 1-point win at Iowa State, and a 10-yarder to tie Nebraska in the fourth quarter in Lincoln. […]
"I did jump rope and push-ups when I was six," Franklin said. "They kept me active, but never stressed playing sports. When I wanted to play football, I couldn't until I could do 500 push-ups. My dad wanted me to build up my body so I wouldn't get hurt."
Franklin reached his push-ups milestone, strapped on a helmet, and hasn't removed it much since. He says he enjoys football and the spotlight that comes with it. [...]
"I realize that if you're playing football you are put on a pedestal. So I want to use that by reaching out to people and being a big example for them," he said. "That's the number one important thing, not how you play football but how you conduct yourself.