Collected wisdom: Zac Selmon talks about life, nature and Oklahoma football

Son of Sooner legend Dewey Selmon is the Assistant Director of Development for the Sooner Club.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 18, 2012

Age: 27

Hometown: Norman

“Mission: Black List #1.” It's one of the many books recommended to Zac Selmon, a voracious reader who tries to read about 24 books a year. The book is about the interrogator credited with finding Saddam Hussein. The subject interested Selmon, but then the book started to mention OU football. Eric Maddox, a '94 OU grad, would interrogate someone, get done and run to check the OU-Texas score to hear how Jason White was doing.

“I'm reading this and it's captivating,” said Selmon, the Assistant Director of Development for OU's Sooner Club. “It kind of says the importance of sports and even a brand like Oklahoma and how much it means to the guys in Afghanistan.”

Selmon's love of life doesn't end at just books, it reaches to his well-known family (father Dewey and uncles Lucious and Lee Roy were Sooner football legends), his wife, and his infant daughter Shayne.

Being a father, I think it's like the ultimate accountability measure because you realize, “Wait a minute, I've got so much more in myself.” It makes you live right just because you want to be the best, proper example that you can be

Her first words? Well, she kind of mumbled a few things. I like to say it was daddy, but my wife tries to say it's mommy. It wasn't Boomer and Sooner.

I love photography. … I think there's so much beauty in the nature.

Last year, I started my first herb garden. … This year I started going with the lime tree, so we're venturing out.

I can look back and count on probably one or two hands the amount of times I talked to Uncle Lee Roy or Uncle Lucious or even really my dad (Dewey), for that matter, about football. Yeah, my dad, of course I'd ask him, but I never felt a lick of pressure from people. I always tell people they did a great job, but their focus was on me as a person, and that's how they're focused on everybody. OK, how do you get better at life? How do you get better in whatever you're doing?

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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