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Trip to Tener’s for the Jim Thorpe winner

by Nate Billings and Steve Gooch Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm •  Published: February 7, 2012
Jim Thorpe Award winner Morris Claiborne, left, is fitted for a cowboy hat by Tener's Western Outfitters general manager Heath Jones in Oklahoma City, Monday, February  6, 2012. Tener's gives the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award a pair of cowboy boots and hat each year. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Jim Thorpe Award winner Morris Claiborne, left, is fitted for a cowboy hat by Tener's Western Outfitters general manager Heath Jones in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 6, 2012. Tener's gives the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award a pair of cowboy boots and hat each year. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

 

While the banquet for the Jim Thorpe Award is tonight, maybe the coolest part of the winner Morris Claiborne’s trip to Oklahoma City happened yesterday when he visited Tener’s Western Outfitters to receive his cowboy hat and pair of boots. Staff photographer Steve Gooch was there for the annual tradition.

 

Jim Thorpe Award winner Morris Claiborne looks for a pair of boots at Tener's Western Outfitters in Oklahoma City, Monday, February  6, 2012. Tener's gives the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award a pair of cowboy boots and hat each year. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Jim Thorpe Award winner Morris Claiborne looks for a pair of boots at Tener's Western Outfitters in Oklahoma City, Monday, February 6, 2012. Tener's gives the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Award a pair of cowboy boots and hat each year. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

-Nate Billings

by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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by Steve Gooch
Photographer
Steve Gooch has been a photojournalist in Oklahoma City for more than 30 years. His coverage of news, features and sports assignments has taken him across the state and country. Growing up in Oklahoma City in the 1960s & 70s, everyone knew a...
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