Oklahoma football: Kenny Stills trying to prove himself

Former OU receiver Kenny Stills knows that his hair style and tattoos were off putting to some, but he says they're art. His father, Ken Stills Sr., says they're also a good marketing tool.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: April 25, 2013
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NORMAN — Gone are the days of Kenny Stills' golden Mohawk.

He's a businessman now. At least, he's trying to be one.

Oklahoma's former wide receiver went undrafted during the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft. Now, he'll spend another day or two waiting for a chance to become a professional.

He's spent the last three months, since declaring he would forgo his senior season of eligibility, trying to prove to NFL general managers and head coaches that he cannot only play football but break the stigma many people have attached to him — that he's a punk.

He knows that's what people think when they saw his bleached blonde Mohawk and the ink that covers his arms.

Stills told The Oklahoman back in the fall that his tattoos and hair style weren't an angry kid lashing out, but an expression of the artist inside him.

He doesn't claim to be a complete golden boy, though. Stills said when he was younger he used to do what he wanted to do. He didn't listen much to his mother, and often his father wasn't around. If she said something like, “Don't jump off that table,” he jumped.

That had to change once he arrived at Oklahoma.

“I've been in my share of trouble,” Stills said. “I have a little bit more of an edge to me.”

He grew up being raised mainly by his mom, who didn't respond to requests for an interview, according to Stills' father Ken Stills Sr., who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings and a former NFL Europe assistant coach.

Stills Sr. said although reports have made it sound like he was never in the picture, he took his son on trips to go skiing or see the Grand Canyon. Kenny and his mother visited Europe, and he's met football legends like Walter Payton and Brett Favre.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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