After Cotton Bowl win, Oklahoma pays tribute to infamous Washington draft pick

Peter Hailey
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OU's celebration paid tribute to infamous Washington draft pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

To Washington Football Team fans, Malcolm Kelly is a 2008 draft pick who played just five times as a rookie, caught only 25 passes in his second season and was out of the league after his third.

So, he's not exactly a renowned name in Burgundy and Gold circles. He was the least productive of the Devin Thomas, Fred Davis and Kelly trio, which is saying something, because those other two aren't heading to Canton anytime soon, either.

In Oklahoma, however, he's much more beloved. The wideout finished his career at the school as the Sooners' eighth-leading receiver in terms of yardage and, maybe even more importantly, produced one incredible freestyle during his time there.

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Following OU's 2006 Big 12 Championship win, Kelly started rapping off the top of his head in the locker room, and the ensuing 70 seconds were honestly amazing. Since then, it's apparently been a staple on game days in Norman. 

On Wednesday night, though, the freestyle was performed on a more national level.

After Oklahoma crushed Florida in the Cotton Bowl, a bunch of Sooners players gathered on stage for the trophy presentation, and just before the hardware became theirs, this happened:

14 years after Kelly first went off, the song is still relevant. While he's a Washington bust, he's clearly still a legend when it comes to his college roots.