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Oklahoma State football: Jordan Brailford savors signing day with the grandfather who saved him

OSU SIGNING DAY — Meet the grandfather who supported Jordan Brailford's journey from Tulsa Washington to Oklahoma State.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: February 5, 2014

/articleid/3930836/1/pictures/2338296">Photo - Nathaniel Brailford hugs his grandson Jordan Brailford during a signing day ceremony at the Tulsa Public Schools Education Service Center Feb. 5, 2014. PHOTO BY MIKE SIMONS, The Tulsa World <strong>Mike Simons</strong>
Nathaniel Brailford hugs his grandson Jordan Brailford during a signing day ceremony at the Tulsa Public Schools Education Service Center Feb. 5, 2014. PHOTO BY MIKE SIMONS, The Tulsa World Mike Simons

Nathaniel said his favorite sports memory from Jordan came when he proclaimed he wanted to switch his focus from basketball to football, because he “wanted to hit somebody.”

And Jordan has developed into a ferocious attacker at defensive end, using his speed and superior hands to consistently burst into the backfield. The 6-3, 225-pound prospect committed to the Cowboys in June and garnered more buzz late in the recruiting season, when ESPN added a fourth star to his ranking following a standout performance in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Jordan walked to the podium at the Tulsa Public Schools headquarters Wednesday morning to announce he was set to become a Cowboy. During a brief speech, he gave a special shout out to Nathaniel for carting him around for all of those years.

“You owe me!” Nathaniel playfully hollered from his seat in the second-to-last row of the large meeting room.

Here's the thing: Jordan signing with OSU means many of his games will still be within driving distance. Nathaniel jokes he might even surprise Jordan by randomly showing up on campus one day.

Because the relationship built between grandfather and son during those trips, those long practices, is what's important.

And it created a Signing Day moment where Nathaniel felt an emotion that extends well beyond proud.

“I stuck my chest out so much that it hurts,” Nathaniel said.


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