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Weekday Update: Tre Flowers Talks Family and Nose Rings



We introduced the Six Shooter on Friday with Zach Crabtree. Here is part II: A laid-back conversation with those guys and gals you just crave a little more information about. With that, here’s your Weekday Update with Tre Flowers.

Flowers has been known to let the hair rage. It was at an all-time high Friday.

Topped with a Chicago White Sox flat bill and bottomed by a pair of red and black Jordans, Flowers was in full bloom before Week 1. There was one more addition though. A silver ring wrapped around Flowers’ left nostril. A new touch for an old player.

“I always told my mom I was gonna get it,” Flowers said. “I turned 22 in June, and she kinda motivated me to get it, so I went and got it.”

I thought that was extremely interesting. I don’t know how many moms want their sons to get nose rings, but Mrs. Flowers sounds pretty awesome. There was a problem though. The ring was jagged. The outside of it was bent, like it got caught in a box fan or something.

“I broke it during camp,” he said with a little laugh. “It’s kinda bad right now.”

Mrs. Flowers needs to come bend that thing back into place, and she probably will, too, Thursday when she and the rest of the family comes up for Flowers’ last first game at OSU when the Cowboys face Tulsa at 6:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium.

Flowers is from Judson High School in Converse, Texas, just outside of San Antonio. The drive for the family is about eight hours, but phone calls are only seconds away and come every couple of hours, Flowers said.

“They call me every day, probably every 2-3 hours I have a phone call from my mom, my dad, my sister and my brother,” he said. “It’s fun, and it enlightens me, man. They keep me happy.”

It has been my ironic experience that it gets easier to stay in contact with family as you get older and go deeper into college life. Flowers said he has found it to be the same way.

“It’s a lot easier now, especially for me, everything my family and I have been through,” he said.

Like most of us, I’d say, family is first or at least near the top for him. In December 2015, it became an even deeper root for Flowers when his dad was in a bad motorcycle accident that caused broken bones and internal problems as well.

Then in late March, he became a dad. And in May, he graduated from OSU. And well, there’s something you should see.

Hold the tissues. There’s more.

All right, just let it all out.

With all that, he said he is closer with his family now than he’s ever been.

“It’s the most important thing, other than faith,” Flowers said. “My family always has me, no matter if I was playing good or bad. They just always keep me motivated and keep me striving.”

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