OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden celebrates birthday

Brandon Weeden might prefer keeping this quiet, considering his advanced age and all, but happy birthday, Cowboys quarterback. Weeden, whose age has already created a constant story line, turns 27 Thursday.
by John Helsley Modified: October 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm •  Published: October 13, 2010

Then there's his age, which will be scrutinized by NFL types but not his teammates.

"Weeden's the old man, but he's still a kid at heart," said OSU receivers coach Gunter Brewer. "The great thing is he came onto this football team and really developed a continuity in the locker room when he wasn't playing. And I think that's helped him now that he is playing, because he's just one of the guys.

"He wasn't a guy who wouldn't go out and eat wings with them or hang around and just enjoy being in the locker room. And that's so important, because off the field, when things aren't good or on the sideline, they need to know he's just a guy."

An old guy, perhaps, yet one of the guys.

"We don't think about the age difference, at all," said kicker Dan Bailey, one of Weeden's closest friends. "It's seamless."

As his birthday neared, Weeden's teammates hadn't even broken out the barbs.

"Not yet," Weeden said. "Markelle (Martin) is the one who usually gives me grief and he hasn't said anything yet.

"I don't think they know it's my birthday, and I'm not saying anything."

Oops.

Weeden plans to keep this birthday simple. His family will join him in Stillwater for one of his favorites, sushi; preferably something spicy.

They'll all hang out, maybe talk about the old times.

In all seriousness, Weeden said turning 27 carries no real significance.

"Not really," he said. "It's just another day to me really. It's a bigger deal to my wife than it is to me. She wanted to give me my birthday presents last night, and I was like, 'I can wait til Thursday.'

"It's just another day for me."

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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