Orange was no longer startling to the eye in the Koenig house in Cape Coral, it was the color of choice. And a color carrying pride.
Still, Daniel had to make his own way. No pressure from big brothers or mom and dad. He was a coveted line prospect with choices.
Doug said he might have provided a nudge, more of a confirmation of a potential fit, but that was all. The decision had to be Daniel's.
Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Wickline asked for one thing, a chance to host Daniel's final school visit. And that became the clincher.
“The experience of seeing my brothers play, seeing how they lived off campus, it was all really cool,” Daniel said. “And then seeing them go on and work after college, that was all important.
“I looked at many other schools. I had no pressure from my brothers or parents, it was my decision. The coaches. The fans. It's just an awesome place here.”
Wickline was counting on many factors – the long relationship with the family; his own work with David; the familiarity.
“Continuity is the big word,” Wickline said. “First, this school, Oklahoma State, Stillwater, Payne County, the fans, how all this all works. Growing up, this is all he knows.
“Secondly, we're the same coaching staff, with Coach Gundy being here and me being here with Dave and Daniel, there's another kind of continuity, kind of how I work. So when he gets here, he knows what to expect. And I know what to expect, what kind of guy, basically.
“They're not all the same, everyone's different, but they're kind of cut from the same mold and they do the right things and it's a joy to see those guys get better.”
With another OSU season approaching and another son in place, the Koenigs are preparing again for more frequent trips to Stillwater. Bob estimates he's seen half of his sons' games through the years, including all the bowl games. Cindy makes it to even more.
The trips will continue for three more seasons.
Doug and Erin recently had their first child, a son of course: Max Robert Koenig.
“Coach Gundy will have to wait a few more years for the next Koenig,” Bob said. “He's a pretty big boy, too.”
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