STILLWATER — Brandon Weeden might prefer keeping this quiet, considering his advanced age and all, but happy birthday, Cowboys quarterback.
Weeden, whose age has already created a constant story line, turns 27 Thursday.
And no, a rocking chair is not on his wish list.
"All I asked for was a remote start on my truck," Weeden said. "And I'll probably get some golf balls, you can never have enough golf balls."
If Weeden's world sounds content, it is. While not quite the man who has everything — an NFL future, anyone? — he's enjoying rapid success in his first year as Oklahoma State's starting quarterback. He's the trigger man for a 5-0 team that no longer looks to be in transition. The Cowboys are speeding past modest expectations, thanks in large part to their quarterback.
And he's enjoying the gig, enough so that his mind doesn't stray toward an early jump to the NFL, even as today's flip of his personal calendar presses the expiration date on his playing days.
"It really doesn't," Weeden said. "I didn't really think about it until (a reporter) asked me the other day. It's not in my head right now. I know I have so much work to do, so many things to get better at that those guys in the league have already perfected.
"That's why they are there. I know I have to get better. I think my age, what's one more year? I don't think it's an issue at all."
Weeden hasn't yet created a buzz among NFL scouts and personnel men. The sample size is too small, at 5 1/2 games, to stamp him a premium pro prospect at this point.
The focus will intensify in the coming weeks, beginning Saturday at Texas Tech, to see how Weeden handles better defenses and bigger stages.
Then there's his age, which will be scrutinized by NFL types but not his teammates.
"Weeden's the old man, but he's still a kid at heart," said OSU receivers coach Gunter Brewer. "The great thing is he came onto this football team and really developed a continuity in the locker room when he wasn't playing. And I think that's helped him now that he is playing, because he's just one of the guys.
"He wasn't a guy who wouldn't go out and eat wings with them or hang around and just enjoy being in the locker room. And that's so important, because off the field, when things aren't good or on the sideline, they need to know he's just a guy."
An old guy, perhaps, yet one of the guys.
"We don't think about the age difference, at all," said kicker Dan Bailey, one of Weeden's closest friends. "It's seamless."
As his birthday neared, Weeden's teammates hadn't even broken out the barbs.
"Not yet," Weeden said. "Markelle (Martin) is the one who usually gives me grief and he hasn't said anything yet.
"I don't think they know it's my birthday, and I'm not saying anything."
Weeden plans to keep this birthday simple. His family will join him in Stillwater for one of his favorites, sushi; preferably something spicy.
They'll all hang out, maybe talk about the old times.
In all seriousness, Weeden said turning 27 carries no real significance.
"Not really," he said. "It's just another day to me really. It's a bigger deal to my wife than it is to me. She wanted to give me my birthday presents last night, and I was like, 'I can wait til Thursday.'
"It's just another day for me."