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OU football Q&A: Kenny Stills knows you're watching him

BY RJ YOUNG, For The Oklahoman Published: April 17, 2012

/articleid/3667309/1/pictures/1697698">Photo - CELEBRATION / CROWD: Fans celebrate after Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) caught a touchdon pass during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
CELEBRATION / CROWD: Fans celebrate after Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) caught a touchdon pass during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“Nope. Not at all. Like I said, I love jackets with hoods on them. I don't know what they call them — hoodies, sweatshirts, pullovers. Whatever. I don't care what people call them, I love them. I'm going to continue to buy them, continue to wear my hood. With my hair, if I want to go out in public, I have to have a hat on or a hood on. So if people see me as intimidating and they see me as a threat to them, I guess they need to come up and talk to me because I'm not much of a threat.”

You encourage people to talk with you about your piercing, your tattoos, your hair?

“I love it. Most of my tattoos have a story. When people ask me, I tell them whatever they want hear. ‘What's this tattoo? What does this mean? Does it hurt?' I tell them everything they want to know. I'm a people person. I love to talk to people. Anytime someone comes up and approaches me I'm happy to talk to them because I know the position I'm in. I'm blessed to be where I am. I just love to share my story with people as much as I can.”

And part of your story is being a character. You're very aware of this?

“If people look at my situation — they look at all my tattoos, they look at my personality — they can find that happy medium. There's people out there that wear hoodies, that have tattoos and piercing, that look crazy and have huge hearts on the inside. That's what my point is. Yeah I have all this stuff, but if you come and talk to me you'll see how big my heart is and the type of person I am. You can't judge a book by its cover.”


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