It was small and tarnished, and the words inscribed on it were tiny, but the history it personified was real. You could feel it when you held the ring in your hand.
The ring was awarded to Tyler's grandfather, Richard Moseley, an All-Stater from Muskogee in 1943.
Moseley was a good player at Tulsa and had the potential to play pro ball until a kidney injury ended his career as a senior.
He died in 1977, and Tyler's grandmother gave him a box of Moseley's old football memorabilia. There were items from Moseley's days as a tight end at Tulsa, and several other artifacts — including that ring.
“I was 4 years old when he passed away, and my grandmother gave me all of his old football stuff,” Tyler said. “I didn't understand it much when I was 4, but he was a great football player, and it means a lot to me to have that stuff.”
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