Oklahoma football: Wheels keep turning for Jaydan Bird and his brother

Sooner's brother is one of the best Paralympic athletes in the country
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 4, 2012

The wheels kept turning.

By the time Jordan was 5, he had so much energy, Kristy knew she needed to enroll him into a wheelchair sport. Jordan excelled at track. He loved to go fast. Jaydan had a talent in football. Together, the two brothers and their mother pushed on.

They've never stopped. That's not an option for Team Bird.

“She just told us it was a part of life, that we couldn't dwell on the past,” Jaydan said. “Sometimes life throws you hardballs and you have to move on. For the three of us, we just had to come closer as a family.”

Even four years ago, when Jordan could have given up after a wreck during his qualifications for the Beijing Paralympics and some politics left him off the U.S. roster, America's best wheelchair track athlete fought back.

Wednesday morning, Team Bird planned to slip on their blue T-shirts, with a photo of Jordan racing and the words “U.S. Paralympics 2012” and “Go Jordan” on the front, and cheer from the stands in London and a home in Norman.

Kristy only has one wish for her sons' futures — to be college graduates.

“I see that happening, and if they have dreams of going on, I want them to fulfill those dreams,” Kristy said. “I see them getting whatever they want because they're determined and good kids.”

A little over 20 years ago, Jaydan and Jordan Bird took a drive with their father that could have left them bitter and feeling sorry for themselves, but that's not the rule for Team Bird. The rule is never look back.

And the wheels keep turning, moving them forward.

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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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