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‘Get well’ page for Ryan Broyles captures attention of community

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm •  Published: November 10, 2011

On Saturday, the OU football team lost to injury the most prolific receiver in the the school’s history.

Ryan Broyles suffered a season-ending injury to his knee. His disappointment was captured on live television as the news was broken to him and his teammates. His chance to play in a final Bedlam game was gone. His chance to play in another big bowl game was gone. His NFL aspirations were put in jeopardy (though a full recovery and an NFL future is still very likely for him).
FANS / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU wide receiver Ryan Broyles smiles as he signs a poster for Carson Jackson of Moore at the University of Oklahoma's Meet the Sooners Day at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray ORG XMIT: KOD
FANS / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU wide receiver Ryan Broyles smiles as he signs a poster for Carson Jackson of Moore at the University of Oklahoma's Meet the Sooners Day at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray ORG XMIT: KOD
Early this week, NewsOK launched its Get Well, Ryan Broyles page to allow users to share their positive thoughts to Broyles. We built a simple page, created a photo gallery of Ryan throughout his football career, dating from Norman High School to his final OU game. Than we embedded a Facebook commenting wall and launched the page.

It’s been a nice test of how Facebook commenting can help build a community on our site.  Some of the posts are long. Some are short. But they’ve all generally been the type of comments we’ve been hoping for with this page. It’s a wall of positive energy.

And you can thank the sports department here for always thinking of ways to connect with our growing audience.

Let me know what you think of the page.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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