He thanked his parents, Harold and the late Jackie Conner, for never telling him to stop doing handstands around the house and for encouraging him along the journey. He said he hopes to instill the same creativity and sense of possibility in his son Dylan.
He thanked his former coach and current business partner Paul Ziert for recruiting him to Norman from Morton Grove, Illinois and praised the efforts of OU President David L. Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione to instill integrity in Sooner sports. For his wife, Nadia, he used a gymnastics reference.
“Thank you for making my life a true perfect 10.”