Imagine the life of Terrelle Pryor right now. Imagine the legacy he will have in Columbus, Ohio. For the matter, think about the legacy he’ll leave in college football.
Speaking in general, not about Pryor, that was part of the message that Bob Stoops delivered yesterday during a speech to 1200 Oklahoma fans during the Sooner Caravan.
Stoops is glad the NCAA is starting to drop the hammer.
Stoops explained, "When these things are realized, then they're dealt with. And at the end of the day, your legacy is dealt with as well, what you did, how you handled yourself. You stood for something."
"If this sends a message for other people that all of a sudden, your season didn't exist, maybe it's a strong enough message that I'm gonna be loyal to my team, my teammates and do things right or am I gonna be loyal to myself. That's a question for everybody."
It's a good point by Coach Stoops and one that reminds us of the Edgar A. Guest's poem "Your Name."
You got it from your father,
t'was the best he had to give,
And right gladly he bestowed it
It's yours, the while you live.
You may lose the watch he gave you
and another you may claim,
But remember, when you're tempted,
to be careful of his name.
It was fair the day you got it,
and a worthy name to bear,
When he took it from his father
there was no dishonor there.
Through the years he proudly wore it,
to his father he was true,
And that name was clean and spotless
when he passed it on to you.
Oh there's much that he has given
that he values not at all,
He has watched you break your playthings
in the days when you were small.
You have lost the knife he gave you
and you've scattered many a game,
But you'll never hurt your father
if you're careful with his name.
It is yours to wear forever,
yours to wear the while you live,
Yours, perhaps some distant morn,
another boy to give.
And you'll smile as did your father,
with a smile that all can share,
If a clean name and a good name
you are giving him to wear.