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Oklahoma DB Javon Harris remembers Sandy Hook children

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 21, 2012
Oklahoma's Javon Harris listens to a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Norman, Okla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Oklahoma is scheduled to face Kansas Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma's Javon Harris listens to a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Norman, Okla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Oklahoma is scheduled to face Kansas Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A week has passed since so many lives were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The tragedies hit especially close to home for one Sooner: Javon Harris. Harris has a son and when he found out of the shootings in Connecticut, his mind went to his young child.

“First thing I said was, ‘Man I can’t believe this,’” Harris said. “At the same time, I just prayed to God and sent my prayers that way. For me, it could have been my son in that facility. It’s a sad thing but at the same time my prayers go out to the families and everyone that was involved.”

Harris said he was inspired by the actions of professional athletes like Tennessee Titan’s running back Chris Johnson. Johnson wrote the names of the 20 children who were killed in the shootings on his cleats. Harris said if he had a game, he would have done the same thing.

“I would write every name down,” Harris told The Oklahoman of those who were tragically shot last Friday. “I thought (what Chris Johnson did) was really unique and just showing respect to those people. I think that’s something that it hit everybody the same way. It’s a horrible tragic thing but you just pray about it and wish the best for those families.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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