Two Cowboy football players who had “a little conflict” last season are now roommates. Nothing too serious, but important enough for the duo to make a very specific pact this year.
No discussing the 2010 Class 5A Division II Texas high school state championship game.
“He doesn’t really like me mentioning that too much,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons last month in an interview with the Denton Record-Chronicle.
“We just made a truce to not even talk about it,” defensive end Jimmy Bean said after practice Saturday.
The two Oklahoma State football defensive standouts were opponents in that state title matchup. Bean at Denton Guyer, about 30 miles north of Dallas. Simmons at Cibolo Steele, about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio.
Both were seniors. Each was ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and held scholarship offers from top Division-I schools across the nation.
But their memories of that game couldn’t be more split. For Simmons, an unforgettable finale to his high school football career. For Bean, the ultimate what-could-have-been moment.
Cibolo Steele won 24-21. Simmons’ eight tackles and one interception of now OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh earned him defensive MVP honors.
Bean doesn’t hold any grudges. If anything, he said that game was “something that really brought us closer together.” But that doesn’t mean reminiscing on the outcome is all that enjoyable.
And these two are far from the only Cowboys who understand that dynamic.
There are currently 68 former Texas high school football players listed on OSU’s online roster. That’s more than half of the entire team.
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