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G was born in Sayre, got a master’s degree and went into teaching. She quit teaching to raise her boys, homeschooling them for most of their youth.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 10, 2014
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G quit teaching to raise the boys. She homeschooled the boys most of their youth and helped run the family’s trophy business out of their garage.

“Looking back on it, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything,” said one of the boys. “Just the foundation that she set us up with. We didn’t lack anything, from going through that experience. She was just a constant example of how to be disciplined. Whether at work, or in school, or in sports. I see the real value. Because of that, she and my dad were able to instill strong morals into us first hand, each and every day.”

Money’s not really tight these days.

G and her husband live in a new house, and she’s got a new car. But she’s still working virtually every day. Still very practical. Still very organized. Still very logical. Still running a clean, orderly house, though much of the time she’s half a continent away from her boys.

And so on this fine Sunday morning, a tip of the cap to Tommy’s wife and Taylor’s and Blake’s mom. Happy Mother’s Day to Gail Griffin.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
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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