Travis Ford (screen shot via KOCO)
The only difference was Ford wasn't in his backyard, nor did he cook for his family and friends.
Ford towed a grill and dozens of bags of food from Stillwater to a Home Depot parking lot in Moore, Okla, where he spent roughly 16 hours over the course of two days doing his part to help the tornado relief efforts. He fed burgers and hotdogs to everyone from families whose houses were torn apart by last week's tornadoes to the relief workers trying to help victims rebuild.
"I donated money to the Red Cross, but I wanted to do something physical to get my hands dirty a little bit," Ford told Oklahoma City-based TV station KOCO. I told my staff, 'Let's find a grill, pull it to Moore, buy up every hotdog and hamburger we can in Stillwater, and that's what we're doing.
"Everyone is trying to take care of each other, and that's the way it should be. Everyone has been extremely appreciative."
Credit Ford and his staff for doing more than just writing a check to help tornado relief efforts. Of course the money is valuable too, but it no doubt meant a lot to folks in Moore to be fed lunch or dinner by the Oklahoma State basketball coaches.
Ford, a Kentucky native, hasn't always been embraced by Oklahoma State fans as his six-year tenure with the Cowboys has featured plenty of ups and downs. Gestures like this should help win over new fans just as much as bringing back a top 15 team next season.
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