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Oklahoma football: Sooners' defensive line takes care of its feet

Linemen occasionally go to get pedicures, but that doesn't mean the Sooners are soft up front.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 30, 2012

And this isn't just something that started with this year's defense. King said it's something that plenty of players from OU have done. After fall camp ended last season, King said he went for pedicures with former players Frank Alexander, Donald Stephenson and current player R.J. Washington.

“My favorite place is the one by the Super Target over there by Buffalo Wild Wings,” King said. “That's where I go. I just watch them laugh at my feet because they're so big.”

Not all the players on the defense join in. Linebacker Corey Nelson said he thought it was kind of weird.

“It's like they're going on a date with each other,” Nelson said. “I wouldn't agree with it. I'd probably go with my girlfriend if I was them.”

As each one of the players talked about the calluses being scraped from the bottom of their tough feet, none of them giggled or acted like it was something embarrassing. When defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was asked if he knew what his defense was doing, he said “no” a couple of times.

Then he continued, “I probably should have went with them. I need mine.”

When King goes, he orders the deluxe package where they put a hot towel across the feet. His feet are so large, the ladies who were working on them just began to laugh.

King said when he goes he doesn't do any other kind of massages. Despite the fact that his hands grab onto the jerseys of defender and rip through grass, he doesn't get manicures, calling that “too much.”

But if you're giggling while reading this or judging King and the defense for letting ladies touch their nasty, hard feet, King said he really doesn't care.

“I'm comfortable with my masculinity that I can admit that I get pedicures from time to time,” King said. “But I don't do any of the toe paintings.”