For National Signing Day this year, Oklahoma State chose to theme their graphics around the video game Tecmo Bowl. The game is a hit of nostalgia for anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s. The graphics are always the talk of social media when signing day rolls around, and Oklahoma State put themselves in the midst of that conversation with their wonderfully executed theme. People from around the Twittersphere took commented on the work Oklahoma State put out.
KOCO sports anchor Carson Cunningham noted the improvements that have been made:
#OKstate's social media game production has gone from freshman mode to Heisman mode recently. Whoever they hired to revamp things is doing an awesome job. https://t.co/aHfiDmQ7v7— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 16, 2020
National CFB writers gave props as well:
Stadium writer (and OSU alumn) Brett McMurphy said he loved the salute to the old school video game.
Very cool, old school Tecmo Bowl signing day videos. Nice job @CowboyFB https://t.co/epH39Wz9AG— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 16, 2020
Every program is being creative these days with their social videos, but props to @CowboyFB. I think these win #NSD21 https://t.co/CKfz3pqyy0— Josh Harvey (@JoshHarvey247) December 16, 2020
Well freaking done, graphics and social media department. This is awesome. https://t.co/EqOjytnOqv— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) December 16, 2020
Even Brian Davis who covers the Texas Longhorns for the Austin American Statesman gave props to the staff:
Trying... to resist... the urge to shout how much I love... LOVE... Oklahoma State's Tecmo Bowl videos today. Just go look for yourself. Salute to you, @CowboyFB.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 16, 2020
Oklahoma State wins signing day with the Tecmo Bowl throwback graphics. [BTW, use Cap Boso, he's unstoppable.] https://t.co/fgdgkDXf7l— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) December 16, 2020
Tecmo Bowl! Oklahoma State has won Signing Day with these videos. https://t.co/kTKyC2Szl9— Riley Gates (@Riley_Gates) December 16, 2020
The coaches reacted as well:
I'll let y'all finish y'alls NSD announcements, but @heathvessels made the best in the country!!! pic.twitter.com/tfGF4uyiU6— Ryan Simmons (@RyanSimmonsOSU) December 16, 2020
The fanbase took notice too.
This was really well done. https://t.co/vPmAbKMVXj— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) December 16, 2020
Mannnnn who did this?!?!?!?! This is absolutely spectacular...... https://t.co/2J9T5dNR6m— Eric Michael Wright (@EricWright6) December 16, 2020
You've outdone yourself this time @heathvessels https://t.co/YhGnvkSJyQ— Tyler Wiederhoeft (@TDWiederhoeft) December 16, 2020
OSU reporter Jessica Morrey shouted out the team as well:
#OkState with the best, most creative #NSD21 videos in the country and it’s not even close! @heathvessels is the https://t.co/9ZzmkSsNej— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) December 16, 2020
All around Twitter people were saying how much they absolutely loved the idea:
The Tecmo Bowl graphic has me crystal balled to Oklahoma State now https://t.co/V6Fuc8apH9— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) December 16, 2020
FSU's got competition for best graphics I've seen today. Oklahoma State's pulling out Tecmo Bowl https://t.co/vaxGsZf8hf— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) December 16, 2020
Job well done to all involved. These are honestly the most talked about signing day graphics that I can remember since I’ve been covering the team. If we’re being honest it’s something that I think has always been missing and this year they hit the ball out of the park.