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Collected Wisdom: Washington Redskins offensive lineman and former Sooner Chris Chester

Chris Chester came to OU as a tight end out of Tustin, Calif. He eventually was moved to offensive line, where he's now played eight years in the NFL with Ravens and Redskins.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 15, 2014
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photo - Chris Chester says the Redskins’ offensive line is maturing as a group. AP photo
Chris Chester says the Redskins’ offensive line is maturing as a group. AP photo

Chris Chester came to OU as a tight end out of Tustin, Calif. He eventually was moved to offensive line, where he's now played eight years in the NFL with Ravens and Redskins.

But Chester's claim to fame was as a backup tight end. In 2002 at Missouri, Chester caught a 14-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass from holder Matt McCoy on a fake field goal, giving the Sooners a 31-24 victory.

The fake field goal, it's usually me bringing it up. People see me as just a lineman. And I'm OK with that. It's my glory. It's my one shining achievement as a tight end at Oklahoma. It's a fun memory.

I remember I jumped to get the ball. I didn't really need to jump. I remember not knowing what to do once I caught it, and celebrating, just being happy. And I think Coach (Bob) Stoops threw me the game ball after the game, and I think I dropped it. It was a fun memory though.

I always felt like when I was coming up, we always had a variety of special teams trick plays. The success in that is you don't need to do it all the time. You just need to do it enough that people respect it. Gives you an advantage.

Moving to the line, it was kind of later in my career, about my third year, my redshirt sophomore year. At that point, I just wanted to get on the field. I don't know if I loved it going in, but I accepted it.

Definitely no regrets. Almost wish I would have made the move earlier. I've been too fortunate and had too much success. I'm very grateful that Coach Stoops and Kevin Wilson, they gave me the opportunity.

I kind of had this stereotype in my mind, that to be a lineman and be successful, you had to be 330 pounds. When I made the switch, I was maybe 260 pounds. So I didn't know I was going to be this fortunate. I knew having played tight end, I knew I would have the advantage athletically. But I was concerned I wouldn't be big enough. But with hard work and working with Coach (Jerry) Schmidt and my wife, they did a tremendous job helping me put some pounds on going into the combine. Just getting good weight and working hard. It really paid off.

I give a great deal of credit to my first football coach, Myron Miller, and the work ethic, the approach, he gave to me. He helped me understand what it takes to be successful in football. That you put your nose down and you grind. You just grind and wear people down. I was able to carry that over and have that even further expanded on at Oklahoma, the great work ethic that Coach Stoops and Kevin Wilson and Kevin Sumlin embraced and furthered.

I was a basketball player pretty much all the way through school. I thought I was going to be in the NBA but never got tall enough. I was doing a summer league, going into high school. Coach Miller was in there. He said if you work hard and do what I say and get good grades, you have a good chance to be successful in football. I tried it, and here we are now.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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