When Jordan Evans was in about fifth grade, he approached his dad about making the move from flag football to tackle.
“I made a deal with him that if he got up every morning before school and did his pushups and sit-ups, he could give it a try,” Scott Evans said. “My dad didn't let me start playing football until I entered sixth grade and I kind of held Jordan back for similar reasons. He was young and just not physically very mature.”
The approach paid off for Scott, who turned into a star defensive lineman at Edmond and then OU before being drafted in 1991 by the Cardinals.
Now, it's paying off for Jordan.
The younger Evans is leading Norman North into Friday's Class 6A quarterfinal game against Broken Arrow as the Timberwolves' defensive star at linebacker and also a potent offensive threat as a wildcat quarterback. He also returns kicks.
Jordan did the exercises; 150 and then 250 pushups a day just for the chance to play the sport.
“It taught him a lesson that there's a lot of work that goes into football six, seven, eight, nine months before you actually play in a game,” Scott said.
While Scott brought along Jordan through his early development as a player, Wade Standley and his staff at Norman North have pulled him even further.
That started with a position switch from cornerback not long after Standley arrived two years ago.
“I thought he looked like a linebacker,” Standley said. “He's just worked his tail off to make himself an outstanding football player.”
The admiration is mutual.
“He and the coaches that came in made us better, not just as a whole but each of us individually,” Jordan said.
From a distance, some of the resemblances between Scott and Jordan aren't clear.
Jordan plays linebacker, while Scott played on the line.
Jordan doesn't draw attention to who is dad is and Scott isn't much to draw attention to himself.
Also, Scott is white and Jordan is bi-racial.
“It's something, where if someone sees me from far away and they know who my dad is, they might not notice it but up close, it's pretty clear we look alike,” Jordan said.