Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Baughman was a standout wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. He won one NCAA title and finished second twice. He also was on three U.S. Olympic teams and eight world championship teams. A longtime coach, spending 27 years at Air Force, Baughman coached two Olympic and five world championship teams.
An extremely successful businessman, Bennett is team chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In addition to working with numerous civic organizations, Bennett was instrumental in bringing an NBA franchise from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Two of his many civic endeavors are the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.
A former Romanian gymnast, Comaneci won an Olympic gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal but is best known for being the first gymnast to score a “perfect 10” in Olympic competition. She won two more gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. She's lived in Oklahoma the past 22 years since marrying two-time Olympic gold medal winner Bart Conner.
LEROY “ACE” GUTOWSKY*
Raised in Kingfisher, Gutowsky was a football star at Oklahoma City University then played professionally for eight years in the 1930s with the Portsmouth Spartans, Detroit Lions and Brooklyn Dodgers. Gutowsky set the NFL career rushing record in 1939 and held the Lions' career and single-season rushing records until the 1960s.
Posting a 31-0 record as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, Harris was part of the Sooners' historic 47-game winning streak. He became OU's starting quarterback during the 1954 season and led the Sooners to back-to-back national titles in 1955 and 1956. He played four NFL seasons as a defensive back with the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
BILL SELF JR.
Named the state's high school player of the year his senior season at Edmond, Self played at Oklahoma State but is best known for being one of the nation's top college basketball coaches. Self began his career at Oral Roberts University and also has coached at Tulsa, Illinois and Kansas. Self should post his 500th career win this season. At Kansas, his teams have made two Final Four appearances, winning the 2008 national title.
JOHN HENRY WARD*
A Tulsa Rogers product, Ward was a two-sport All-American at Oklahoma State in wrestling and football. He was an All-American tackle in 1969 and finished third in the heavyweight division at the NCAA wrestling championships. Ward played seven NFL seasons with the Vikings, Bears and Buccaneers, highlighted by two Super Bowl appearances with Minnesota.
*honoree being inducted posthumously