By Robert Przybylo
By Robert Przybylo
(Mosier, center, two years ago flanked by Parker Burnett, Bryan Owen and Taylor Daniels. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)
I really shouldn’t be the one writing a Brooks Mosier career retrospective. Two years ago, I hadn’t met the man and didn’t even know who he was.
I didn’t know about all of his various coaching stops (Southeast, Northwest Classen, John Marshall, U.S. Grant, Western Heights, Newcastle and OCS, to name a few) or his near 50 years in the coaching profession.
All I knew he was some legendary coach everyone talked about who was returning to coaching after beating cancer.
But it only took a couple of meetings to realize what a special human being he was. So maybe in that regard, I’m the perfect person to be writing this.
I only met Mosier a couple of times. I would call him occasionally to see how things were going at Community Christian. And in my brief conversations with him, I quickly learned what the fuss was all about.
After every conversation, I was either left laughing or smiling about something he said or about some odd comparison he made.
It reached a point where I would start to go out of my way to find out how things were going at the small Christian school in Norman.
I remember talking to Mosier the day after this year’s Christian schools championship where Destiny Christian defeated CCS on a hook-and-lateral.
The finish alone is worth talking about, but the fact that Mosier watched the game from his car is something I still can’t fathom.
He was just so weak from the cancer, but he wanted to be out there for those kids so bad. And in talking to CCS players and coaches and his wife, Wanda, that’s where the real legacy of Mosier will be: his kids.
Mosier passed away three weeks ago after another battle with cancer. He was 73. It happened during the state basketball tournaments, so it kinda got lost in the shuffle.
Former NFL and Oklahoma football player Josh Norman is taking over as the new head coach at CCS but within a couple of minutes of talking with Norman, easy to realize Mosier is not far from his heart as he got choked up a couple of times during our conversation.
I remember it was Brooks’ birthday during the season. It was a day before a game. So at the game, it was announced that it was his birthday. We brought out this big birthday card.
You figure it would be signed by the entire football team. It was signed by the entire school because that’s how much those kids loved him.
Norman said while Mosier taught him some things about football, what he taught him and the kids the most about was life and the importance of having Christ in their lives.
Norman said when he would visit with Mosier during this last season, all Mosier could talk about was being back out there with the kids.
No matter how sick he was or how weak he was feeling, that was always the first thing he would ask about.
Paul Potter, a long time friend who helped convince Mosier to come back to coaching, had this to say.
I remember it was just a couple of weeks before his death, and he was telling me ‘you know, I’m starting to feel better, and I think everything is going to be fine.’
He was always so optimistic and positive. He was such a special person, and I feel blessed to have gotten to spend all that time with him.
Potter coached CCS this year while Mosier was going through treatment. With that said, Mosier only missed one game his entire career.
It seems everyone has their own Brooks Mosier story. Here’s mine:
I remember talking to Brooks after that memorable championship game. And of course, the first thing I asked was: “well, how you feeling?”
He laughed and sighed and said “The sun still came up today. It’s still going to set at night. Everything will be fine.”
I remember him telling me how he was just trying to console those kids. But the kids, like Taylor Daniels and Chris Potter, didn’t need any real consoling. After seeing what Mosier had gone through all season, it hurt to not win that game for Mosier, but they knew they would be just fine.
But like I said, everyone has their own Brooks Mosier story. So I throw it out to you, what is your Brooks Mosier story?
(and Mosier one more time. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman)
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