“So many people have got it all wrong in terms of the way he has played in the past. ... Those that have been critics have been absolutely dead wrong. I think he's done a wonderful job handling himself.”
Davis' letter last week wasn't unprecedented. He also sent one to the much-maligned Nate Hybl in the early 2000s, when he was under similarly intense pressure and criticism.
“I was never so proud of anybody than when Nate silenced his critics,” Davis said. “It had nothing to do with my letter; I knew he was that guy, and he knew he was that guy. I felt compelled to lift him up.”
After the 2012 Sooners arrived in Lubbock, Texas, for last weekend's game, Jones called Davis; the two Sooner quarterbacks talked more about the things few others can fully understand.
“Just great guy and a great role model to look up to, and a great Sooner quarterback who played a lot of big games around this place,” Jones said of Davis.
The second paragraph of Davis' two-page letter reminded Jones of the storied program he represents and the responsibility he'll always carry because of it:
“As you understand, the record for becoming OU's winningest quarterback does not really belong to you, as those victories were a collaborative effort of your offensive and defensive teammates, and a long list of others. Hopefully, your new record will establish a higher hurdle for some other young man, who may be a 4th grader somewhere just developing his football dreams, to realize for the teams he will someday lead. The 32-game win mark (by a quarterback) took 80 years of Oklahoma football to be established, and it has taken 37 seasons for it to be elapsed by you and your teams. There are many lessons to be learned in appreciating OU football history. So I encourage you to be mindful of the heritage you are apart of, and the tradition you will be forever held responsible for continuing.”