Former OU defensive back Scott Case played at Edmond Memorial back when Edmond had only one high school.
Case, 52, played a dozen seasons in the NFL. He spent 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, which is why his daughter, Alabama left fielder Kallie Case, grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee.
Following an All-Big Eight senior season in 1983, Case recorded 960 tackles and 30 interceptions during his NFL career (1984-1995).
Q: What’s it like to return to your home state to watch your daughter play in the Women’s College World Series?
A: This is the pinnacle of college softball. For her to get to play in the World Series in my old stomping grounds, you can’t ask for anything better. My wife, Connie, is from Grove. There were a lot of Cases in the crowd (Friday night) and more are trying to come watch Kallie throughout the weekend. It’s sort of like a family reunion at Hall of Fame Stadium.
How difficult was it to not cheer for the Sooners Friday night in an opening-round WCWS matchup?
It was the first time I’ve ever rooted against the Sooners in anything. I’ve always have been, and will always be, a diehard OU fan. I still watch nearly every (football) game on TV back in Georgia. I wanted both teams to play well but with Kallie playing I obviously wanted (Alabama) to win.
Elaborate on how Kallie became a Thunder fan.
All four of my kids have adopted the Thunder. Me and my wife were Oklahoma born and bred and will always be Oklahomans. When Oklahoma City got a team they became our team. My kids wear a lot of Thunder stuff in Atlanta. In fact, my entire family is stocking up on Thunder gear while we’re in town for the World Series.
What’s your reaction to Kallie saying you were her idol growing up?
This is her time to shine. We’re so grateful she’s getting to play for such a great program and experience something like this. Let’s be honest, in softball there’s no WNBA. There’s some pro softball leagues but this is the ultimate if you don’t play for Team USA. For her to play at this high of a level, especially as a sophomore, we’re all so proud. And she’s having a blast.