Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cowboy Ritual Brings Team Together

STILLWATER - About two hours before the start of every game, home or away, Oklahoma State football players convene on the field for what has become a Cowboy ritual.

It's not a mandatory exercise, but all players participate. They form a circle and begin to clap rhythmically. One player dances for a few seconds in the middle of the circle. Before last week's victory over Baylor, the dancer was junior cornerback Andrae May.

After his teammates have locked arms and become quiet, Cowboy senior defensive end Richetti Jones begins to pray. Several additional players - as many as nine or 10 - also will pray aloud. The session ends with Jones completing his prayer. The players mass in a huge huddle, then head to the locker room.

"We pray for safety," sophomore linebacker Shaun Lewis said, "and we thank God for the day and blessing us and keeping us."

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