Welcome to my world: Oklahoma linebacker Rufus Alexander

Oklahoman Published: December 2, 2006
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Linebacker Rufus Alexander has only two games left in his Oklahoma career, which is the same thing that could have been said about him 10 days ago, before the Sooners played Oklahoma State. But Alexander doesn't believe the fortunate turn of events that landed OU in the Big 12 title game was a fluke.

We did our job. We did what we had to do, went out there, played every game. We felt from the beginning that we deserved to be in the Big 12 Championship. It wasn't like it was an accident or anything. We did our job and it happened.

It's a great honor to be playing in the Big 12 Championship. That's why I came here, to play for championships, to play in big games, and this is another big game I get to play in before I leave here.

I didn't play football till the 10th grade. That was the first time I started playing football ever. It did come kind of natural. Everything I did in football came natural. I played defensive end in high school, came here, first time playing linebacker was when I got here. Everything came natural, but I'm still kind of learning, too.

Basketball was my first love. I was a Michael Jordan fan. Basketball was my thing, but football has worked out pretty well.

I've kind of left basketball alone. So much can happen to you playing basketball. One of my friends tore his ACL out there playing pick-up ball, so I gave it up.

By Scott Wright


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