STILLWATER — At an Oklahoma State high school camp about five years ago, Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline quickly took notice of Brandon Webb.
Then he asked Webb where his dad was.
In the stands, Webb said. So Wickline chugged up the steps to ask Terry Webb this:
“Would you really let him come here?”
A relevant question. Terry was an All-America offensive lineman at Oklahoma in the 1970s and still made a habit of attending Sooner games following his playing career.
“It's not my decision,” Terry assured Wickline. “It's gonna be (Brandon's), so he's the one that you need to talk to.”
Brandon, indeed, picked the Cowboys, giving the Webb family a story of a father-son duo that has played in the trenches on opposite sides of the Bedlam rivalry. Brandon, now a full-time starter at left guard, will play his final game at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday, and Dad will make one last trip to Stillwater to show his support.
“For me, it hasn't been a problem, because I love my son,” Terry said. “I'm gonna be pulling for my son.
“His five years, it's been enjoyable. It's been a pleasure watching him grow. But at the end of this year, I get to go back home to Norman.”
Brandon, naturally, was a Sooner fan as a child. But he got a bit of a late start.
When Brandon was young, Terry never made a big deal out of his illustrious OU career that included being on back-to-back national championship teams. In fact, he didn't say anything about it at all. He never even displayed any trophies or other memorabilia from his football days around the house.
Why? Terry didn't want Brandon to feel pressure to play football.
“If he played football, I wanted it to be something that he gravitated toward on his own,” Terry said. “I didn't want it to be because your dad did this and your dad did that.”
But Brandon found out about Terry's football past by accident, when a classmate in grade school showed Brandon a football card.
“Hey, here's somebody named Webb. Do you know him?” the classmate said.
“That's my daddy!” Brandon suddenly realized.
So the secret was out. With that, Terry started taking Brandon to OU games, which always included stops at the hospitality tent where lots of former players gathered. Chez Evans, one of Terry's teammates on the line, is someone Brandon keeps in touch with to this day.
“I was an OU fan,” Brandon said. “I always said I was gonna play for OU. As I got older, things changed a little bit …”
Still, Brandon's first love was basketball, before friends convinced him to join the Little League football team when he was in sixth or seventh grade.
Terry always knew his son would be good. Brandon was quick for his size. Then he had a growth spurt.
“I knew it was just a question of if he wanted to do it or not,” Terry said.