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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Lane Johnson is a Super Bowl champion!

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Lane Johnson was the 22nd Oklahoma player to start in a Super Bowl and claimed OU’s 31st Super Bowl ring.

NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles Press Conference Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Well, football is finally over. Until next time, friends and fans. Super Bowl LII was another classic, and now one more lifelong member of the Oklahoma Sooners can claim to be a Super Bowl champion. Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, the former junior college quarterback who found a home in Norman.

Johnson’s path has exemplified what the Eagles have stood for this season. Even before his days at Oklahoma, Johnson was an underdog. He used that to his advantage, and earned his rightful place on the team.

Shortly after arriving in Norman, the coaches moved him to defensive end. When the depth chart proved too deep for him to make an impact, Johnson was moved back to offense as a tight end. When his potential at playing on the offensive line was recognized, he bulked up and shined like never before.

After being drafted 4th overall in 2013, Johnson has since helped Philadelphia bring that underdog mentality to life.

The dog mask movement that Johnson and some of his Eagles teammates lead the way in might seem like a gimmick to some, but the symbolism of those dog masks goes much deeper than what’s seen on the surface.

The city of Philadelphia needed this win in a big way. After never winning the Super Bowl, losing a star QB late in the season, and facing the dynastic New England Patriots, the Eagles were underdogs in every way. Lane Johnson is a perfect fit for an organization like the Eagles, and now they’re all Super Bowl Champs.

For a bit more on Oklahoma’s history with the Super Bowl, check out what Jack put together before the game.

Now onto the Hot Links, where Oklahoma prepares to protect home court and avenge a loss against West Virginia, Dan Kadar projects Baker Mayfield to be selected with the first overall pick, Eagles fans party in the streets of Philly and more!

OU Links

  • Well Hudson, I hope you’re right, my dude. I’m a little less worried since the game is at home, where the Sooners have played significantly better in conference play (understatement of the year), but the Mountaineers sure are a tough bunch. My favorite part is the ‘yay’ at the end. Also, West Virgina! Classic.

Around the Sports World

  • Nearly six years ago, this guy predicted Nick Foles would win Super Bowl MVP of 2018. For clarification, Foles wore no. 8 in college, so that’s what that is all about. Crazy stuff.
  • Oh and there were fires, too. Because how can you riot through the streets without flames?
  • This was pretty cool. Some people started playing the Philly fight song with their instruments out of a window and the people walking along on the street stopped to sing along. Philly fans are crazy but loyal.
  • Even Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid crashed the party last night to celebrate with Eagles’ fans. And of course, he closed the interview with this mantra: trust the process.
  • Oh, you thought The Gang wasn’t excited about this?
  • Love was in the Philly air last night, enough to make this guy propose to his girlfriend. The 40 oz. she’s holding really makes this a unique public proposal. And you know she’s a keeper because she didn’t spill a drop.

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