Sooner Spectator: Before Baker, Sooner first-rounders had their NFL Draft moment

Sooner Spectator: Before Baker, Sooner first-rounders had their NFL Draft moment

Texas quarterback Chris Simms (1) is hit by Oklahoma’s Roy Williams (38) in the fourth quarter, causing Simms to throw an interception to Oklahoma’s Teddy Lehman, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in Dallas. Oklahoma won 14-3. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

When Roy Williams was a junior at James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., one page in the yearbook, the “Summer Wall,” asked where students saw themselves five years into the future.

Williams wrote, simply, “Playing for the Dallas Cowboys.”

“I basically spoke it into existence at an early age,” said Williams. “There was no doubt in my mind where I was going. It was already written down.”

Williams had to wait for his future to unfurl, of course — his senior year at Logan, plus three years at the University of Oklahoma. But five years later, less than an hour into the 2002 NFL Draft, Williams was indeed a Dallas Cowboy.

Even if he did have to wait just a tiny bit longer. …

To read the rest of John Hoover’s OU NFL Draft first-round review for Sooner Spectator Magazine, click here:


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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