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Gazette staff January 2nd, 2013

Kris Glenn is very proud of his Dennis Rodman autograph. That’s a good thing, too, since Glenn will have it on his bicep for the rest of his life.

Credit: Brad Gregg

“It was the greatest feeling,” said Glenn, a Norman resident, recalling when he had the former NBA great sign his right arm so that a tattoo artist could make the signature a permanent fixture.

And while Rodman’s badboy persona might not seem like a good symbol of family values, Glenn said the tattoo is a way of honoring his late father.

“We watched Rodman together our entire lives and just loved watching him play,” said Glenn. “When I was growing up, I loved basketball. My dad said, ‘Son, if you want to be a basketball player, you have to watch this guy right here’ — and it was Rodman when he played for the Pistons. The way he played, with such tenacity and enthusiasm — I loved it.”

Glenn couldn’t resist when he heard about a LivingSocial promotion in December to meet Rodman at a Chicago sports bar. Glenn and two buddies drove through the night to the Windy City.

At the bar, Glenn said, Rodman praised his time playing college hoops at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

“He spoke glowingly about Oklahoma and how it taught him character and hard work,” Glenn said. “If you really look at how he played basketball — he played so hard, blue-collar, team player — and he says he learned all that in Oklahoma.”

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