Jack Mildren timeline: Texas native goes from Sooner QB to Oklahoma lieutenant governor

Modified: May 23, 2008 at 11:33 am •  Published: May 23, 2008
•Oct. 10, 1949: Jack Mildren was born in Kingsville, Texas.

•Dec. 16, 1967: Mildren was the quarterback for Abilene Cooper High School in the Texas state championship game, a one-point loss to Austin Reagan High. Mildren was tackled a yard short of the goal line on the game's final play.

•Oct. 10, 1970: On his 21st birthday, Mildren became the first Sooner quarterback to run the wishbone, after coach Chuck Fairbanks installed the new offense during a bye week three games into the 1970 season.

•Nov. 25, 1971: Mildren was Oklahoma's quarterback in what became known as "The Game of the Century,” the No. 2 Sooners' 35-31 loss to No. 1 Nebraska.

•Jan 1, 1972: In his last game as a Sooner, Mildren rushed for three touchdowns and 149 yards on 30 carries to lead the Sooners to a 40-22 win over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. He was named the game's MVP.

•Oct. 27, 1974: Mildren made his first of three career interceptions in his third — and final — NFL season. After playing his first two years with the Baltimore Colts, Mildren played the 1974 season with the New England Patriots.

•Nov. 8, 1994: Mildren held the position of lieutenant governor of Oklahoma from 1990-95, but he was defeated in his bid for governor in 1994, losing the election to Frank Keating.

•April 2004: Though he had long sustained success in the business world, Mildren tried out a new career, joining Oklahoma City sports-talk radio station The Sports Animal. His brief daily appearances on the afternoon show, "The Total Dominance Hour,” led to other regional and national radio and television appearances.

•May 22, 2008: Stomach cancer ended Mildren's life at the age of 58.

By Scott Wright

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Oklahoma quarterback Jack Mildren makes a move on a Nebraska player during the Game of the Century. The Oklahoman archive

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