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Catching Up: David Thompson on OSU 'Our time is now'

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: July 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm •  Published: July 16, 2010
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David Thompson is proud of his time at Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys former running back has OSU on the curb outside his home, on his car and even has an OSU room in his home.

Clearly, Thompson, 35, will never forget the four years he carried the football for the Pokes.

"I'm very proud," Thompson said. "It's complete pride. Oklahoma State treated me really well."

And his pride continues when he talks about the Cowboys future under Mike Gundy.

"Our time is now, we just have to capitalize on it," he said. "And I think our coaches are doing it."

He sees OSU's new facilities and he can't help but be envious.

"I was just born a little too early," he said. "I'm happy for them. I believe what we did before and the price we paid helped lead to that."

Thompson, an Okmulgee native, is OSU's No. 3 all-time leading rusher with 4,314 career rushing yards. He earned all-conference honors before a short stint with the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Athletic excellence remains a focus of Thompson's life. He's a personal trainer in Dallas, where he lives with his wife Juanita and two children David Jr. and Breanna. Thompson runs a boot camp called "Camp DaveFIT" and he trains several youth athletes in various sports.

"I tell (my athletes) what my coaches told me at Oklahoma State," Thompson said. "I try to pass that off. I think the reason I was successful is because you have to learn to dig a little bit deeper. It's neat when you pass that on and see a little girl goes and dominates or a hockey player even though he's just a junior already has schools looking at him."


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