A farewell to those with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Former Altus High School athletic director Rick Roop died from injuries he suffered while taking grain samples. The Altus Times reported that Roop, 56, was standing on a railroad car taking samples with a 10-foot brass pole. Roop raised the pole and accidentally hit live electrical lines. Roop also served as athletic director at John Marshall High and head football coach at Western Heights High School. He also officiated basketball games in the Big 12 and the old Big Eight and Southwest conferences.
*Jim Hicks of Midwest City was an OU football season-ticket holder for 42 years. He attended many road games and became a familiar face by often greeting the Sooners at the team hotel. The Vietnam veteran was an organ donor, and a family obituary said, “today someone is looking at the world with restored vision, thanks to his generosity; presumably they will be converted to Sooners fandom.” The former emergency medical technician and business owner died at 67 from cancer.
*David Corbett was an American hero, serving one tour of duty in Iraq with the Army. Before the military, he played basketball and football for Grace Christian Academy. In 2003, Corbett, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound defensive back, was just one of two starters returning from an 8-4 team. The Oklahoma City resident was a painter by trade and the father of daughter Paisley. He died at age 27.
*Former Oklahoma and Anadarko High defensive back Pete Norwood died at age 42. Norwood played the 1989-1992 seasons at OU after starring as a quarterback and defensive back for Anadarko. The honorable mention All-State pick would graduate in 1995 from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol academy. He spent 18 years as a trooper and was a captain at the time of death.
*Helena native Lora Lee Glidewell Woodall played basketball and tennis as a youngster; in the 1940s, she was a three-time champion at the Alfalfa County Tennis Tournament in singles — and doubles with sister Betty Lou. The bank president remained active as an adult, participating in tennis and racquetball leagues and long-distance running. Glidewell Woodall was founder of the Helena County Road Classic 5K Run. She died two weeks shy of her 86th birthday from complications of double pneumonia.
*Other people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Janene Jones, 83, of Tulsa was an avid golfer who had three aces. ... Ada resident Boyd Bolin, 47, was a team roper. ... Midge Batty, 97, was on the Liberty National Bank bowling team. Before moving to Oklahoma City, she played high school basketball in Blossom, Texas. ... Midwest City resident C.J. Walker, 88, was an avid bowler who maintained a 190 average. ... Former Enid High School football player Thomas Carr died at age 48.
Truth be told
The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: List one person you want to trade places with for a day and why:
Kyle Clark, Yukon, soccer
“David Beckham. He has a cool accent and gets all the ladies.”
Macy Miller, Casady, track and field
“My dad (Jon) so I can understand his perspective on life.”
Kayla Ciulla, Little Axe, tennis
“I feel like my life is to waste one day on someone I'll never be.”