OSU football: Chuba Hubbard always thinking of the 'greater good'
STILLWATER — Chuba Hubbard speaks softly.
That’s not a metaphor. There’s no “carries a big stick” joke coming behind it.
The Oklahoma State running back’s speaking voice — at least when dealing with the media — is soft.
Hubbard speaks with intelligence and thought, too, if not excitement or verbosity.
As he sat in front of a computer for a Zoom call with about 25 reporters on Tuesday night for his first local media appearance since January, Hubbard answered questions on player empowerment, the changes within the Oklahoma State program, societal issues. And football.
And he answered them all with the grace of a gentle but pure leader.
“Everything I was trying to do, I think it was for the greater good,” Hubbard said. “Anyone that knows me knows that I just want what’s best for my teammates, and for people in general, even people I don’t know.
“I’ve always got the right intention in mind. I’m always trying to help in any way I can.”
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That’s why he spoke up as part of the “We Want to Play” initiative with several other high-profile players who had hopes of making their voices heard as administrators debated the possibility of a college football season in the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s why he spoke up when the country frayed over racial injustice fights.
And that’s why Hubbard spoke up when he felt a need for change within the Oklahoma State football program.
Hubbard didn’t want to get into specifics. Team business stays behind team doors.
But he believes Oklahoma State is a better program now than it was four months ago.
“We’ve definitely grown more as a team and as a program,” Hubbard said. “A lot of that stuff that happened, and some things didn’t happen the way they should’ve, but in the end, I felt it helped us and we’re heading in the right direction.”
He stopped using social media, but hasn’t stopped being a leader.
“That Twitter world can be crazy sometimes,” he said. “My focus was just on helping people any way I could, and then football. I gotta stay out of that Twitter stuff.”
Hubbard also understands most people only know him for his football talent, which is where messages can become skewed.
“I know a lot of people see me as Chuba Hubbard the football player, and they see stuff on social media, but a lot of people don’t actually know who I am,” he said. “I’m a caring person. I care a lot about my teammates. I care a lot about people I don’t even know. I’m always trying to be for the greater good. That’s all I’m trying to do.
“Sometimes I may slip up and do the wrong thing, but I always got the right intention. I’m just trying to do my part to make this world a better place, this program a better place.”