ylor's father died of a heart attack at age 41 while walking from his first job to his second job.
"One of the things he always told us was that the decisions you make today affect he way you live the next day,” Taylor said. "The true judgment of a man's character is what he does when he thinks no one's watching. When you think about people in your life, how many people do you know say what they mean and mean what they say? Now take family out of that.”
Taylor said he strives to be one of those rare, trustworthy people for his players.
"I used to tease my players and say, ‘If I tell you tomorrow's Thanksgiving, you can buy a turkey,' ” he said.
Fan Lisa Donaldson of Hennessey said she attended the caravan "to support the alumni and coaches and get excited for the upcoming football season.”
So how did Taylor do getting her fired up for the fall?
"He was fantastic,” she said. "Absolutely wonderful. We're all ready now.”
The Cowboy Caravan has two remaining stops, one in Tulsa on July 24 and the finale in Oklahoma City on July 29.