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Off to college: Bethany's Gage Diffee happy things didn't go according to plan

Gage Diffee originally wanted to go to the Air Force Academy and walk on to the football team as a receiver. But when that didn't work out, he found his way to Southern Nazarene University, and his plans have now taken another turn.
by Scott Wright Published: August 5, 2012

Bethany's Gage Diffee had his plan all laid out.

Air Force Academy to become a pilot. Walk on with the Falcons' football team as a receiver. Major in behavioral sciences, maybe add a Master's degree to pursue a career in family counseling.

In his eyes, the path was clear. But as his parents have always taught him, his plan isn't the one that matters.

“God had a different plan for me,” Diffee said with the genuine smile that rarely leaves his face.

In the spring, Diffee learned that he hadn't been appointed into the Air Force Academy, so he fell back on his secondary plan to play football at Southern Nazarene.

“On the first day of offseason workouts, I tore my ACL,” he said. “It's been an interesting journey. I felt like the Lord closed some doors, but caused some new doors to be opened.

“At first, it was easy to get down on myself. I knew if I had gotten the appointment, then I wouldn't have torn my ACL. But I know the Lord had a plan the whole time. I know he's got greater things in mind than I do.”

Diffee had to miss the All-State football game last month because of the injury, and he'll have to redshirt his first season at SNU.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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