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Collected wisdom: Ryan Broyles

Former Norman High and Oklahoma wide receiver knows the highs and lows of football after his rookie season with the Detroit Lions.
by Jenni Carlson Published: January 5, 2013
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photo - Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain, back, knocks a pass out of the hands of Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ORG XMIT: DTF104
Houston Texans defensive back Brice McCain, back, knocks a pass out of the hands of Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ORG XMIT: DTF104

It's totally different. Off the field stuff's a little bit different. It's a business. You're basically your own CEO. You've got a lot of people to work under you, your financial side, your agent side. But at the end of the day, it's still football.

It's still fun. I enjoy it.

I'm still learning. There's always a learning curve. I'm learning from guys that have been in the league 10 years, and they're telling me that they're still learning. I don't think there's a point where you stop learning.

Slow down. That's the best advice I've received so far. It's not a race. It's a marathon.

It really is hard, especially going in as a rookie. You want to get out there and prove yourself on the field as much as possible. You press things. You just want to step over boundaries.

I've been through one (knee injury) already. I didn't know what to expect. I was just doing what the protocol said, just trying to get back on the field. Every day, I felt a little stronger. But I never doubted myself or my football skills or anything like that. It was just getting healthy. I feel like it's the same thing with this one.

I know what to expect this time around. I know I can bounce back from it. I'm excited to get back out there again.

Right when I felt like I was catching my groove, I got hurt. I've still got a lot to prove.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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