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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

Detroit Lions receiver

Age: 24

Hometown: Norman

Ryan Broyles knows the highs and the lows of football. He set the NCAA record for career receptions while at OU, but he also tore his knee a week after setting the record. He rehabilitated the knee, got drafted by Detroit, became a steady force as a rookie, then suffered another torn knee.

Maybe nothing encapsulates the extremes of football, though, quite like a national championship game. Broyles knows what the players from Notre Dame and Alabama will experience Monday night in the BCS national championship game.

I just remember the buildup. Having Sam Bradford and a bunch of those guys who were like mentors to me. Getting through that process and going to the national championship was huge.

We left some points out on the field. Losing that game, you think of the negative more than anything. Dropped balls. Missed opportunities in the red zone.

You never know when you're going to get back there. You're in a fortunate situation to even play in the national championship. Don't take it for granted, more than anything.

I took it for granted. I felt like being at OU, that's what we were supposed to do.

We never made it back.

It's a business now. In college, you wake up, you might go work out, go to a couple classes, get a little break, then go to football practice. In the NFL, it's eight hours. You're there eight hours, then you go home.

You've got to be more dedicated in the NFL. You don't have coaches calling you up. You've got to show up to work every day.

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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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