Former Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl, 30, is minority owner of an intelligence systems company. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and former OU women’s basketball player Stephanie Simon, who is a corporate attorney.
Hybl remains the only player in OU history to be named Most Valuable Player in the Rose Bowl (2002). The Sooners hope to return to Pasadena this season, site of the BCS national title game, but they opened with a 14-13 upset loss against Brigham Young, lost All-America tight end Jermaine Gresham for the season to a knee injury and will be without Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford for a minimum of 2-4 weeks with a separated throwing shoulder.
Your thoughts on what OU already has endured this season?
"It’s been a miserable start, but a lot of it couldn’t be helped. I hope the opportunity to get out to Pasadena still exists. I think it does. We can run the table. I’m sure the players are already tired of hearing all the negativity, but coach (Bob) Stoops’ teams are bigger than any one player, or any two players.”
Did you ever suffer a shoulder injury similar to Sam’s?
"I separated my throwing shoulder in high school. My dad was my coach, and I remember we didn’t throw a pass for a month. I played, but we didn’t throw a pass in a game for a month. It was the most boring football. Sam seems like a tough kid. If he says it’ll be 2-4 weeks, I hope it’s that way, especially after seeing Miami play this week. (OU plays at Miami Oct. 3.)”
You went to Georgia before transferring to OU after your redshirt freshman season. You’ve said Oklahoma State fans are the most obnoxious you ever encountered. Guess it goes without saying how you feel about OSU beating Georgia in the season opener.
"I will never pull for OSU, period. It sounds funny as we talk about it now, but those people stained me for life. I was torn with who I wanted to win because I’m tired of the Big 12 being described as sissies and soft on defense, but I will never root for Oklahoma State.”
You made rosters with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars and spent most of your time on each team’s practice squad. Is that a point of frustration not to get on the field, or is there more pride knowing you made it to the NFL?
"I take every lesson I’ve learned with me into the professional world.