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Oklahoma football: Fullback Aaron Ripkowski will take care of the heavy duty work

Sooner teammates are thrilled they don't have to face Ripkowski on the football field. Offensive lineman Gabe Ikard said: “He's one guy you say, ‘Rip, you've got that guy. And you know that you no longer have to worry about that person on the field.”
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 17, 2012

Ripkowski's mother, Marlo, said her son grew up loving tough things like G.I. Joe, weight lifting, four-wheelers and big jumps. She remembered the time when he cried at age 5 after she and her husband altered the hills so Aaron wouldn't break any bones from the jumps he performed on the four wheeler.

Ripkowski was 10 the first time he asked his dad to lift weights. Randy thought it was too early. Aaron begged and begged, but it wasn't until age 14 when Randy let him lift.

Last year, when Aaron had to sit out the Sooners game at the Insight Bowl with a back injury, the OU staff had a hard time keeping him from lifting weights.

Aaron's majoring right now in business management. He wants to own his own gym.

“He'd live in a gym if he could,” Marlo said.

The fullback might be a hard hitter, but he's not a loud guy. Ikard first described Ripkowski as a guy who “keeps to himself but he loves just hitting people.”

After the Belldozer gets a big first down or scores, Ripkowski will never be out there celebrating. His mentality, his mom said, is “I took care of business. I'm going back to the sideline.”

That's what Ikard, Bell and so many others love about him.

Ripkowski always finds his block and drills his man.

“He's one guy you say, ‘Rip, you've got that guy,'” Ikard said, “and you know that you no longer have to worry about that person on the field. Just because, you know …”