Trip from Philadelphia no big deal for Sooner fan Hayden Knighton

Hayden Knighton picked Oklahoma as his football team after watching Sam Bradford flip along the sideline in the 2008 Bedlam game. On Friday, Knighton and his mother, made the trek from Philadelphia to Meet the Sooners.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm •  Published: August 6, 2010

"He cheered against (UNC star) Tyler Hansbrough," Carole Knighton said. "Can you believe that?"

Carole Knighton works for an airline, so the trip was not a huge financial hit on her. Last year, a family wedding prevented the Knightons from attending Meet the Sooners Day. This year, her oldest son has to report to Holy Cross on Sunday to begin his college football career, but Carole already had promised Hayden they could take the trip to Norman.

They flew in Thursday, shopped some stores (Hayden plans to adorn his half of his room in Sooner stuff) and arrived at the rugby fields by 7 a.m. Friday. They got to meet and take a picture with Bob Stoops, who brought doughnuts and Sooners Jeremy Beal, Landry Jones, Travis Lewis and Ryan Broyles, who worked the lines signing autographs to thank the fans who showed up so early.

Carole Knighton said her son told Stoops of plans to move to the Oklahoma/Texas area so that Stoops can recruit him.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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