From Cowboy to Sooner: A mother’s journey with Trace Ford’s mom, Desirae

From Cowboy to Sooner: A mother’s journey with Trace Ford’s mom, Desirae

In the Trenches with Sam Mayes: What it's like to support your son's dreams, especially when they take a detour to the Bedlam rival.

Sam Mayes

By Sam Mayes

| Nov 3, 2023, 9:00am CDT

Sam Mayes

By Sam Mayes

Nov 3, 2023, 9:00am CDT

My guest is Desirae Ford, the mother of former Oklahoma State Cowboy and current Oklahoma Sooner, Trace Ford. Desirae shares her remarkable journey of raising a Division I athlete during the early years and provides insights into the challenges and joys of supporting her son’s dreams.

Desirae also opens up about the tough decision to leave Oklahoma State and head south to the University of Oklahoma, a move that brought about both excitement and controversy. She reflects on the negative backlash they faced on social media and the resilience it took to stay focused on their goals.

Desirae also provides an intimate look into what it will feel like returning to Stillwater for the final Bedlam match, this time as visitors. 

Producers: Jacquelyn Musgrove and Michael Martin 

Creative Director: Michael Lane 

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Sam Mayes grew up in Ohio, was an All-American lineman at Oklahoma State and has lived in Oklahoma for 20 years. With insights from his playing days, Sam started his broadcasting journey at Triple Play Sports Radio in 2007. He later joined the Sports Animal, and then 107.7 The Franchise. While passionate about football, Sam's involvement with Fields & Futures since 2015 showcases his dedication to using sports for community building in Oklahoma. Off-air, Sam cherishes time with his fiancée, their five kids, and his schnauzer, Scout.

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