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Family of Austin Box attends OU Senior Day festivities

OU SENIOR DAY — The University of Oklahoma football team held it's annual Senior Day festivities on Saturday in Norman. It was especially emotional this year as the family of Austin Box attended and participated in the events.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 26, 2011
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/articleid/3627019/1/pictures/1573600">Photo - Craig and Gail Box and daughter Whitney stand at mid-field as seniors are introduced before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Son and brother defensive standout Austin Box died before the season and defensive players have alternated wearing Box's jersey number during games. Photo by Steve Sinsey, The Oklahoman
Craig and Gail Box and daughter Whitney stand at mid-field as seniors are introduced before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Son and brother defensive standout Austin Box died before the season and defensive players have alternated wearing Box's jersey number during games. Photo by Steve Sinsey, The Oklahoman

“The only way I was going to be on the sideline is if I was hurt,” Alexander said. “This was the last (home) game. You want to make a good name, leave your mark. I felt I had to be out there.”

No player savored the moment quite like tight end Trent Ratterree.

Ratterree grew up dreaming about playing for the Sooners and walked on to OU after a career at Weatherford High School.

“It's crazy because 15 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, that's the day I'd dress up in my football pads and go out and play and now I'm doing this on Thanksgiving (weekend),” Ratterree said. “It's a fun thing.”

Ratterree had one reception — a 10-yard catch early in the second quarter — in his final appearance at Owen Field.

“The feeling I get when all these people are yelling and screaming and asking for your gloves, the love you can feel when you're down there is unlike anything else,” he said. “Now, to know I will never step foot in pads on this field again, it's not a sad thing.

“Things end. It's just how life goes.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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