Loyal and True: Teddy Johnson

Teddy Johnson

Teddy Johnson

March 7, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – “Loyal and True” is a feature that details the stories of walk-on players and other key contributors to the Oklahoma State football program who embody what it means to be a Cowboy. This edition features an interview with Coppell, Texas native Teddy Johnson. His comments:

 

Teddy Johnson

On how he decided to walk on at OSU
“Both of my parents are alumni at OSU. I had a somewhat successful high school career in football and my mind was already set that I was coming to Oklahoma State before I was even born. Since I had somewhat of a successful career in high school I thought I could continue playing and walk on here at Oklahoma State and try to do the best I could.”

On the walk-on process
“Toward the end of high school I wasn't sure that I wanted to play football. It wasn’t until after my senior season that a month or two had gone by and I decided I wasn’t ready to give it up. I had my head coach get in contact with the Dallas recruiter, which I think was Coach Yielding at the time, and we sent Coach Yielding some of my film and he actually got me a preferred walk-on spot. I was invited up for the first two-a-days. They called me and gave me like two days notice to show up. I did so and that’s how it all started.”

On what life is like as a walk-on
“At the beginning it’s tough, but as time goes by you earn your stripes. You eventually earn the same respect that the scholarship athletes are given and in some cases you get rewarded and you get put on scholarship. The process is enduring. You take a back seat to the guys who are recruited to come here.”

On what it meant to get his scholarship
“That was big for me. Every walk-on’s dream is to not only play, but to eventually be rewarded and that their school is paid for. To me personally, that was a huge goal. Most people didn’t think I could play college football. For me to walk on and not only be a four-year letterman, but to be given a full ride just changed everybody’s perspective, as well it made it all worth it. It was a very proud moment for me my family.”


 

 

On how he heard he was getting his scholarship
“My position coach (Coach Singleton) called me and left me a pretty nice and encouraging voicemail. I came into the stadium to meet with Mack Butler and he had the paper out and the pen for me to sign with.”

On who he first told about his scholarship
“I told my father. He was joyful. I don’t want to say he was ecstatic, but he was happy. He didn’t have to cut that tuition check this year. He thought I was well-deserving of it, as I thought I was, so he was the first call I made, with my mom being second and they were both happy for me.”

On what it meant growing up with OSU ties
“The amount of pride that brings to my dad, specifically. Even now he’s still very much involved with OSU, so for this to be his  alma mater and for his son to follow him here and achieve something in the athletics world meant a lot to him.”

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