Father, Son bonded by blood, paired by pigskin

Friday, October 3rd 2008, 5:41 pm
By: News 9

By Kyle Dierking, for News9.com

Among the empty bleachers at Owasso Stadium sits a single person.

From the pushing to the pad-popping, Terry Webb takes in every one of the Rams football practices - savoring every moment of his son's senior season.

"I'm not going to have this anymore," Terry said. "My son will be moving on to college and he won't need dad's help in watching how he practices, motivating him in practices and helping him point out some things he needs to work on."

Father and son, bonded by blood, paired by pigskin, It's the connection between Terry and Brandon Webb.

"Brandon and I have a relationship more of an older brother and a much younger brother," Terry said. "We have a lot in common especially with the sport and we talk a lot how life relates to the game of football. We talk about how (football) is more than the X's and O's."

"He's there for me as a father," Brandon said. "We're really tight. We're best friends."

They also share extraordinary football talents. The elder was an all-American and two-time national champion at OU. The pupil is one of the top high school offensive linemen in the country.

"He thinks he's better than me back in his day," Brandon said. "I tell him all the time he was never better than me."

"Brandon says I'm an old man and can't do things the way he does," Terry said. "I say, ‘you're still aspiring to be what I've already been.' It's a lot of good natured humor between the two of us."

Unlike father, the son won't bleed to crimson and cream. Brandon spurned the Sooners to be a Cowboy. He'll play football for Oklahoma State next season.

"You'll see me wearing some black," said Terry as he chuckled. "That's as far as I'm going to commit."

"I've never seen him in any orange period," Brandon said. "Sooner or later he's going to be in some orange."

Maybe someday, but like an offensive lineman, Terry is used to providing protection and opening up paths for Brandon. Father now knows his son's ready to make his own way.

"I will always be a Sooner - that was my life," Terry said. "This is my son's life and I want to help enjoy that life with him."