Happy Friday, friends and fans!
Former Oklahoma Sooners TE Grant Calcaterra made the tough decision to medically retire from the sport last November, but at the same time of his announcement, he also noted his new goal of becoming a firefighter. Fast-forward to this week, and Calc has officially earned his EMT certification, moving him one step closer towards reaching that ultimate goal. The OU Daily’s George Stoia has more from their recent interview:
Grant Calcaterra earned his EMT certification Tuesday. He's well on his way to becoming a firefighter.— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) April 16, 2020
I spoke briefly with him today about the process of becoming an EMT and life after football: https://t.co/2jw6X07dEJ
Sooner fans everywhere will remember Calcaterra for his game-clinching one-handed touchdown grab against the Texas Longhorns in the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game, but even though his legacy won’t go much further beyond that as a football player, it’s nice to know he’s out there making a real difference that can save countless lives. That’s true hero-level stuff.
Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma adds a local star to its 2020 class, somebody in the AFC really doesn’t like watching OU Football, even the big leaguers can accidentally break a window and more!
- Over the next week, OU Football is releasing episodes showing running backs coach DeMarco Murray sitting down and talking with Oklahoma’s 2020 draft hopefuls. In the first installment, WR CeeDee Lamb and LB Kenneth Murray discuss their decisions to declare early, and how that process impacted their final season wearing the Crimson & Cream.
- Speaking of Lamb and Murray, former Sooner and Unanimous All-American OT Orlando Brown Jr. shared his thoughts on how those two will do at the next level, and he also offered his take on the importance of the scouting combine and other factors that go into a team’s draft selection process.
- Bishop McGuinness standout OL Ben Tawwater recently announced his decision to become an Oklahoma Sooner as a preferred walk-on for the class of 2020. The Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer has more details.
I am blessed to say I will be continuing my football career at the University of Oklahoma. I want to thank my family and coaches for helping me get to this point! #OUDNA #committed @OU_CoachB @LincolnRiley @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/8EV1LrpvnA— Ben Tawwater (@BTawwater13) April 16, 2020
- An anonymous AFC team executive recently offered his take on Jalen Hurts, saying things like he’s not a ‘super instinctual player’. The exec also stated his dissatisfaction for Hurts’ Oklahoma film, calling it a ‘[expletive] high school 7-on-7 tournament every game they play’.
- The Norman Transcript’s Clay Horning makes a strong case for opening up OU’s football practices to the public once practices can finally be held again. I think this would be a grand idea.
- Lincoln Riley and Bennie Wylie were back at it again early Friday morning, and this latest workout was dedicated to the GOAT — Michael Jordan. In case you were unaware, ‘The Last Dance’ is a 10-part 30-for-30 docuseries that shows what happened behind the scenes during the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 championship run. After you get your own Wylie special in, you can check it out this Sunday on ESPN.
Around the Sports World
- The NFL still plans on releasing a full 2020 season schedule on May 9 despite growing concerns that many communities around the nation will not be ready to lift their social distancing policies by August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- On Tuesday, former starting USC Trojans QB JT Daniels announced his intentions to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. Should he move elsewhere, he will be immediately eligible to play in the 2020 season.
- Recently, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently in good spirits and is resting at home.
- ESPN’s Bill Connelly took a close look at what’s really been holding storied college football programs Texas and Nebraska from returning to the top of the mountain, and what each team needs to do to consider itself truly back.
- Biceps sensation Mike Defee is moving on from his gig as a college football official to take on an NFL front office position. In his new role, Defee will train officials, specifically in refereeing. We’re going to miss seeing you around the Big 12, Mike! Scratch that — No, we will not.
- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly is at home like most of us these days, but he’s keeping himself from getting rusty by throwing in his backyard. However, after enough wind-ups, one of them is bound to get away. Now I don’t feel so bad for doing the same thing when I was a kid. A literal professional athlete just made the same mistake. At least it was his own window, and not someone else’s. Sorry, neighbor.
Joe Kelly busting a window while practicing his change up is exactly what this quarantine needed pic.twitter.com/mizSujtHL2— Allie (@allie_g18) April 16, 2020
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