What would make somebody the No. 1 fan is not necessarily about themselves, but what they've done to influence other people."
So it was only fitting when Josh Trope submitted his nomination for this year's contest, it wasn't about himself, but rather those who passed the torch to him.
Meet Ed & Teresa Trope, the 2019 #1OklahomaFan winners!
For the Tropes, as with many, being an Oklahoma fan is a family tradition. From a Christmas tree decorated with OU ornaments to victory steaks, they have a number of their own little traditions, but all are centered around the Sooners, and all are centered on bringing people together.
"Family is built around OU, and OU is built around families," Teresa said.
Who could argue with that?
Natives of Lawton, the Trope family was voted by Sooner faithful as the #1OklahomaFan through a story submission and and design contest on SoonerSports.com.
The official 2019 There's Only One Oklahoma shirt and hat, designed by Ed & Teresa and produced by Norman-based Top of the World, are now available:
Other retailers carrying the product include Academy (select locations), Amazon, Bedlam Sports (Tulsa), Big Red Shop (Oklahoma City), Campus Corner Store, Dick's Sporting Goods (select locations), Dunham's, Fan Outfitters, George's Department Store, House of Bedlam, JC Penney (select locations), Kohl's (select locations), Lids, Lucca, Paradies (OKC Airport) and The Sooner Shop (1185 Asp. Ave).
As the winners of the contest, the Tropes were invited to Norman for a VIP experience that included a visit to OU's football facilities, a photoshoot and tour of Top of the World, where Ed & Teresa got to see their hats in production.