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A look at the 2014 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductees

A look at the athletes who will go into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
by Michael Baldwin Modified: January 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014


One of the most revered cowboys in National Finals Rodeo history, Cooper compiled a record 32 NFR qualifications — 19 in calf roping and 13 in steer roping. Nicknamed “Super Looper” by Sports Illustrated, Cooper won eight world titles. One of only 10 men in pro rodeo history to win the triple crown, Cooper captured the calf roping, steer roping and tie-down national titles in 1983. A Texas native who attended Southeastern State University, Cooper was the first cowboy to reach $2 million in career earnings.


A former sportscaster who has been mayor of Oklahoma City the past 10 years, Cornett was instrumental in creating the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in the 1980s. One of his career highlights is playing a key role in helping Oklahoma City land an NBA team, first the New Orleans Hornets following Hurricane Katrina, then the Thunder. Newsweek named Cornett, 49, one of the nation's five most innovative mayors. In Europe, a London-based organization that studies mayors listed Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world.


A two-time All-American defensive end at Oklahoma State, O'Neal was the runner-up for the 1985 National Defensive Player of the Year. At OSU, O'Neal compiled 351 career tackles, fifth most in school history. A first-round pick selected eighth overall, O'Neal played 14 seasons with the Chargers, Chiefs and Rams, recording 136 career NFL sacks. The six-time Pro Bowler was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after overcoming a career-threatening knee injury. O'Neal, 49, has returned home to his roots in Little Rock, Ark.


The Southeast High School product played 17 years in the majors with the Brewers, Royals, Cardinals and Rangers. One of only six catchers in Major League history to score 100 runs and collect 100 RBIs in a season, Porter batted a career .247. His true value was measured by a career .356 on-base percentage and 188 home runs. A first-round pick by the Brewers in 1970, Porter, also an All-State quarterback, turned down an opportunity to play football at OU to pursue pro baseball. Porter died in 2002 at age 50.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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