Jerry Ostroski spent nearly a decade on the offensive line of the Buffalo Bills, going from 10th-round draft pick in 1992 to a starter for 102 games. A knee injury late in the 2001 season would end his career.
Ostroski returned to Tulsa after his playing days – he had started every game in his sophomore, junior and senior years for the University of Tulsa. He recently returned to a role as a midday talk radio host and has been able to coach his sons.
Jackson and Owen were both starters for Holland Hall, where Jerry served as an assistant. Holland Hall went 12-1 last fall before losing by a point in overtime, one step away from the 2A state semifinals. Last week, Jackson, an offensive tackle, signed with Drake University in Iowa.
The News' Mark Gaughan recently caught up with Ostroski, 47:
JO: I pay quite a bit of attention (to the Bills). My oldest boy, Jackson, is a senior in high school, and he was born in Buffalo. So he's still a huge Bills fan because he considers himself a Buffalonian, I guess you could say. It was pretty crazy.
What he's doing now?
JO: I have been doing medical sales the past four to five years, selling hardware. ... I'm going back to doing daily sports radio from 11 to 2 here in Tulsa. I had done that for two or three years. This format will allow me to still coach my younger boy who's a ninth-grader, who actually started as a freshman this year.
On the end of the playoff drought
JO: I can't believe it took 17 years because there's been a tremendous amount of talent on the team at various times. It's just bad luck, and then you're running into the Patriots. And there's been some really good AFC teams that have made it hard to make a wild card. It's awesome they're back after 17 years. The worst part about it was they now continually show the Home Run Throwback. We had to watch that again.