by Scott Wright Published: November 20, 2012
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1964: Kolb and coaches

Browse through the 1964 team and a few names quickly jump out at you. First, you'll see Jon Kolb, who went on to become an All-American at Oklahoma State before playing 13 seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But a couple other men on the team had successful coaching careers in the state. Ronald Freeman — better known as Ron — became a Hall of Famer for his coaching success at Muskogee, where he played. His son, Jason, was an All-Stater exactly 30 years later.

Okmulgee center Dale Patterson turned Northeastern Oklahoma A&M into a junior-college powerhouse, and the school was on track to do it again after his recent return, although he will resign as coach after the Norsemen's bowl game.

1974: Call him Dave

A well-known name appears on the 1974 roster, Tulsa Rogers quarterback David Rader.

Better known as Dave, Rader went into coaching shortly after starting for two seasons as the University of Tulsa's quarterback. His coaching career took him to Alabama twice, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Mississippi, where he spent the 2010 season as offensive coordinator.

Rader's Tulsa head coaching stint lasted from 1988-99, when he went 49-80-1.

1984: An All-Stater lost

A lot of former All-State players went on to make a major impact in the lives of the people they met, and Chandler's Scott Myers is most certainly on that list.

Myers was a head coach at Woodward, Moore and most recently Chandler until he passed away earlier this month following a two-year fight with cancer.

“He was always there,” former Moore player Corey Reeves said. “He's a coach, so you look at what he taught you in a football way, but he's taught us more than I could ever describe.

“Those are things that we're going to live by for a long time.”

1994: Just try to throw on these guys

You could make an argument for the 1994 team as the best All-State secondary ever.

Tulsa Washington's R.W. McQuarters, Ada's Brandon Daniels, Midwest City's Raymond Cato and Lawton's Mike Carter all were Division I prospects.

Though Daniels spent his time in college on offense, Cato and McQuarters were stars at Oklahoma State and McQuarters played 11 years in the NFL.

Up front, the All-State team had 13-year NFL veteran Kelly Gregg of Edmond North.

2004: Bound for the League

In the first edition of our 100 Years of All-State package last Sunday, we told you about all the NFL experience on the 2003 team. A few of those players, Curtis Lofton, Reggie Smith and Phillip Dillard, repeated as All-Staters in 2004.

And they were joined by other future NFL players Felix Jones of Tulsa Washington, now with the Dallas Cowboys, and Deji Karim of Putnam City North, who is on the Indianapolis Colts' injured list.

Buried down on the honorable mention list was a future No. 1 draft choice, PC North's Sam Bradford. The St. Louis Rams QB didn't make the first-, second- or third-team All-State squad that year, his junior season.

Other juniors and future first-round picks, Southeast's Gerald McCoy and Ardmore's Jermaine Gresham, were on the second and third teams, respectively in 2004.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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