OU's Ryan Broyles: Learning from the past
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 23, 2009
8/23/09 at 6:56 AM
Watching Ryan Broyles tease defensive backs in the open field, it's almost as if he's having fun at their expense. Consider it a throwback to the sophomore wide receiver's days at Norman's Monroe Elementary.
"I was a troublemaker," Broyles said. "I matured as I got older, but back in the day I was the class clown. I had ADD. I guess I outgrew that."
What happened was he discovered football, and figured out that football coaches have this thing for discipline.
"In middle school, all my coaches were like, 'If you do that, then we're gonna do this,' " Broyles said. "That's when I started to straighten up, I started to stay out of trouble."
Actually, he still fights occasional bouts with mischief. But, in an ironic twist, Broyles has matured enough to figure out a post-football career path, one that takes him right back into the classroom he used to cut up.
"I just now started thinking about coaching," he said. "Now that I'm more of a role model on my receiving corps, guys are asking me questions, and I kind of like that. You know what I mean? To teach. I've really been thinking about that. I wouldn't mind coaching at all.
"Then I would have to deal with those knuckleheads, too."
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