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Oklahoma football: Fans enjoy the Meet the Sooners Day experience

by Ryan Aber Published: August 3, 2013

— Growing up in the mid-1980s in Joplin, Mo., there was no doubt who Michael Turcotte's favorite college football team was.

“You couldn't find a Mizzou fan in Joplin then,” Turcotte said. “I got hooked on OU back then.”

Turcotte, his wife Rory and their 6-year-old daughter Gabbi spent Saturday morning at Meet the Sooners Day at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, gathering autographs from OU football players, coaches and cheerleaders.

The family now lives in Houston but flew in for the event for the fourth consecutive season.

Gabbi has been exposed to Oklahoma football since she was born. When her parents brought her home from the hospital, she was wearing an OU blanket.

“I'm exposed to it daily,” said Rory, who has been converted into a Sooners fan by her husband. “It was hard not to.”

The family had a football that the players signed, a visor signed by Bob Stoops and — Gabbi's favorite — a poster featuring the Sooners' cheerleaders that she had signed.

Her parents pushed her around in her wheelchair for the day, as Gabbi suffered a broken leg about a month ago. The blue cast clashed with the rest of the family's outfits.

“Maybe if they would've put it on up here, they would've had a crimson one to put on her,” Rory said. “But she had to get blue.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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