By Jenni Carlson Modified: May 15, 2009 at 11:15 am •  Published: September 15, 2008
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knows I'd be his legs for him if I needed to be. I've got your back, Big Wayman."

The thing about Wayman ... he could jump over the backboard. My goodness, he used to jump out of the gym.

He was big. He wasn't a skinny guy. Muscle? He'd hit you with that hip.

I'm thinking he'll get a prosthetic and probably keep right on going. That's the type of person he is.

A NOTE FROM JAN LANE WARNER, Former executive director of OU Tip In Club

"With Wayman, I know he's got such a wonderful attitude and I know that will bode well. He knows that he's got prayers all over the state and probably the whole United States. We all still love him, and we know he's going to be all right."

When they were recruiting him, I was working for Billy Tubbs. When Wayman came, he became so popular so instantly - sort of like a Sarah Palin thing - it just got out of hand with people wanting him to come and speak at their churches or other events. It seemed like every church in the state wanted him to be there on Sunday. So, I just sort of fell into managing that for him.

I can remember one time we were going to Duncan, and I went by to get him. When he got in the car, he had brought his guitar along. He played his guitar and sang all the way to Duncan.

Wayman is a unique individual in that immediately you feel a connection with him. He was a precious person then. Still is.

A NOTE FROM MARK PRICE, Enid native and former NBA standout

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayman and his family."

We played against each other every year in high school. We knew each other before we even started playing together for the Oklahoma Rams, but that's really the first time we ever developed any type of relationship.

Wayman always had a big smile on his face. A big win at Enid my senior year, we upset them at our place. There was a great picture they took of me and Wayman after the game. Even after losing that game, Wayman had a big smile on his face. It just seems like he was always having a good time.

A NOTE FROM MIKE TREPS, Former OU basketball public address announcer

"Just do the things that have made you successful. Just continue to be positive. Just continue to attack this health crisis the way you attacked the basketball court, the way you attacked your music career. Just continue to do the positive things that have made you successful."

There's not a soul that I can remember - I'm talking about our football, basketball, baseball teams - who greeted each day with a smile as much as Wayman Tisdale. The cup is always half-full with Wayman. Really, I never saw him down. I never saw him where he was dragging. I never saw him where he was depressed. It just seemed like life was made for Wayman Tisdale.

NewsOK.com readers also sent their wishes to Wayman

Brad Middleton, Duncan: I graduated OU in 1975 and lost my lower left leg in 2008. From a fellow amputee/adaptee and OU alum, take heart! Though the grace of God and your inner strength, you will overcome this.

Charles Peery, Edmond: Wayman, you have always been a great role model, not only in sports but also in life. We wish you the best and pray God will be a comfort to you in your trials ahead.

Byron Starnes, Suitland: You will always be a hero. Knowing you from the courage you displayed in the past, we know you will not give up! Jerry Alexander, Russellville: I finished at OSU in 1959. From all I read, you were the best of the best and a total class act. Praying that God will use you in a mighty way.

Michael Smith, Keller, Texas: Wayman, you are true greatness. Without a doubt, you are the all-time greatest Sooner basketball player. I'll never forget the two-hand, reverse alley-oop dunk at the Carrier Dome vs. Syracuse. You and your family are in my prayers.

Trisha Harris, Oklahoma City: My prayers are with you for a full recovery. God can still use you in so many ways.

Ken Lawson, Houston: You hang tough. You have been a real shining star for everyone in your life. We love you and are praying for your recovery. Keep the faith.



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