Former Oklahoma Sooner Ryan Broyles currently sits third on the NCAA’s all-time receiving list at 4,586 yards and third all-time in catches at 349, after an unforgettable four-year career that saw him excel as a key cog in of one of the most well-oiled offensive machines the sport has ever seen.
Recently, Broyles sat down for an interview with host Wade Peery for the first episode of the Flow Theory Podcast, discussing his favorite moments as a Sooner, the times he felt most “in the flow,” the most exciting moments he’s seen from his teammates and more.
The moments that stood out to him most came early in his career — against the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2008.
“They had All-American defensive backs, obviously I played receiver,” Broyles said.
“I catch a flat pass, run past two of their best defenders for about a 40 yard gain.
“(Then) on the second play of my collegiate career, I catch a touchdown pass, so I was really in the zone at that point, it really catapulted me to building confidence and gaining confidence from my coaches and teammates and really just allowed me to put on a heck of a career from that point.”
Watch the plays here:
Broyles on Most Amazing Plays He Saw at OU, Hooping with Blake Griffin and More
Broyles also discusses his time on the AAU circuit with Blake Griffin during the podcast, which can be heard in full here.
The former All-American also excelled in the high jump as a young athlete, recording a personal best even with another NBA star — a former Finals MVP.
Here’s a reference if you’d like to skip ahead while watching:
Opening: Broyles talks about his favorite moments “in the flow state”
7:40: What it was like to play AAU ball with Blake Griffin
9:39: His impressive high jump (same as a future NBA Finals MVP)
12:39: The Decision: Football or Basketball?
15:10: The Recruiting Game from a DB’s perspective (he switched sides)
18:03: The most amazing OU plays he’s seen: DeMarco, Jamell, and Mossis
24:20: His life changing trip to Haiti, Calvin Johnson and more