Did You Know?

We know that you know Oklahoma football. But do you know how deep the OK football tradition runs?

Oklahomans take pride in their toughness and resiliency. Our state motto speaks to that: “Conquer all things.” That tradition of toughness and overcoming adversity is why our state has produced so many great football teams and players. Whether playing youth football or competing at a higher level, football demands both mental and physical toughness to succeed.

  • Ten high schools in Oklahoma can boast of at least two alumni being chosen in the NFL draft over the last 21 seasons, 1993 to 2014. Booker T. Washington in Tulsa leads the way with eight former players drafted. Three high schools in Oklahoma City—Millwood, Putnam City North and Southeast—made the list.
  • The Jenks Trojans have won 14  Class 6A state championships and have been ranked by Bleacher Reports as among the nation’s ten best high school football programs.
  • Since 1996, either Jenks or the Union Redskins have won the Class 6A title.  The last team to win other than Jenks or Union?  The Midwest City Bombers won in 1994 and 1995.  In the 2014 season, the Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial look like contenders for the new 6A-I title.
  • The University of Oklahoma’s football team first became known as the Sooners in 1908. Prior to that, they were known as Boomers or Rough Riders.
  • From the first game in 1895 through the 2013-14 season, OU has compiled a record of 842-312-53, which ranks No. 3 in the nation.
  • OU holds the NCAA record for most consecutive wins by a major college football program, winning 47-straight games over 5 seasons from 1953-57.  Coached by Bud Wilkinson, the 47-game winning streak is considered one of the greatest feats in major college football history.
  •  OU also owns 2 other streaks in the NCAA’s modern era top 10.  Wilkinson’s teams also won 31-stragint from 1948-1950, and Barry Switzer’s teams won 28 in a row from 1973-1975.
  • 2 college players in Oklahoma went on to serve in the United States Congress when their playing days were through:  Steve Largent from the University of Tulsa and J.C. Watts from OU.  OU’s Jack Mildren served 2 terms as Oklahoma Lt. Governor.
  • Edmond North’s Kelly Gregg starred at OU and played in more than 150 games in the NFL.
  • Edmond Santa Fe’s Brandon Weeden is currently on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster after a prolific carerer at OSU.  Fellow alum Reggie Smith played at OU and with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • The Sooners’ all-time bowl record through 2014 is 28-18-1.
  • OU has appeared in 9 BCS Bowl games and is the only team to appear in all five BCS Bowl venues as of 2013-14 season.
  • The first time an OU football game was shown on TV was October 9, 1948, vs. Texas on WBAP-TV in Fort Worth-Dallas. The first national telecast of an OU game was November 8, 1952, vs. Notre Dame on NBC.
  • Oklahoma State University was ranked 9th in the 2009 preseason poll, the first Top 10 preseason ranking in school history. The Cowboys had risen to 6th in 2008, their highest ranking since 1985.
  • OSU’s Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy and his 1988 season is considered by many the greatest ever by a college football player.
  • Barry Sanders and his predecessor, Thurman Thomas, are the two Cowboys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Former OSU head coach Jimmy Johnson led the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993.  Former Sooners’ coach Barry Switzer coached Dallas to the Super Bowl XXX  title in 1996.
  • Twenty Oklahoma State players have been first-round draft picks.
  • Through 9 seasons, head coach Mike Gundy has more wins, 77, than any other coach in OSU history.  That includes 5 seasons of 9 or more wins.
  • OU has 5 Heisman Trophy Winners:  Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims,  Jason White, and Sam Bradford.
  • OU has 4 head coaches with more than 100 wins:  Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, and Bob Stoops.

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