Oklahoma football: R.J. Washington happy to be on Sooner side of rivalry

R.J. Washington grew up a Texas fan just to annoy his sister, but now he's playing in his last game on the other side of the Red River Rivalry, and he's looking forward to the game — and the fair food.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 12, 2012

— R.J. Washington used to throw up the Hook 'Em Horns when he was young just to be the irritating little brother.

His sister was an Oklahoma fan. Washington, who attended Fort Worth's Keller Fossil Ridge High School, said he was a Texas fan by default, but the five-star recruit chose Oklahoma out of college — a decision he said he doesn't regret. Now, he's making his final trip to the Cotton Bowl.

It starts when we're on the highway. ... I remember looking out the window with my headphones on and a six-year-old kid (raising his middle finger). I was like, ‘OK. That's how this is gonna be.'

You get to the fair and Texas fans, if they can, will bang on the bus.

The game can go either way. Rivalry games are always close games. But the bus ride is crazy because there's so much hostility. You didn't even say anything and people are screaming at you and flipping you off.

Being from Texas, all I need is some funnel cake, two corn dogs and a turkey leg.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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