Renaldo Works trades in pigskin for petroleum
The former tailback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners now has a successful career at ConocoPhillips.
Renaldo Works as a tailback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners
Before starring at tailback for the University of Oklahoma, Renaldo Works grew up in Tulsa, one of three sons of a fireman and a postal worker. “I can remember my dad working two jobs,” Works says. “They did everything they could to make us strong, independent men, and I love them for it.”
Works attended Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School, where he interacted with great athletes like De’Mond Parker, who preceded him in Norman. “I can remember seeing De’Mond Parker running, and I just wanted to emulate him,” he says.
After one season in the NFL playing for the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans, Works decided to return to OU, where he completed his bachelor’s degree and an MBA. For the past 11 years, he has worked for ConocoPhillips. He says he doesn’t regret his decision to leave professional football but misses the sport and the team camaraderie.
Works spent the past two years in Midland, Texas, as a facilities supervisor before a recent transfer back to Houston for a director position in the real estate facilities group.
At press time Works, his wife, Ashley, and their 13-month-old son, Alexander Renaldo, had just finished house-hunting in Houston. “I have no complaints. They (ConocoPhillips) have allowed me to reach a few of my career milestones,” Works says. “I’ve had some good mentors.”
Anytime he and his family return to Tulsa, there are several places he must visit. “I have to go to Elmer’s BBQ. I have to go to Coney Island,” Works says. “I’ll stop by Lot A Burger, as well. Those are staples.”