Stepfather instilled work ethic in Neal

Sooner fans owe Keith Little a "Thank You" card.

Early in his life, Durron Neal (St.Louis/DeSmet) had no desire to play football. Worse yet, Neal, one of the top commitments in Oklahoma's recruiting class of 2012, had tried the sport at age 8 but quit after a day.

But Little, Neal's stepfather, refused to let the 9-year-old quit football again.