Billy Sims apologizes for cheering stunt at Heisman ceremony

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: December 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm •  Published: December 16, 2008
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NEW YORK — Former Oklahoma running back Billy Sims, winner of the 1978 Heisman Trophy, apologized Monday night if he "crossed a boundary” during Saturday’s Heisman Trophy presentation.

But that doesn’t mean he plans to stop saying "Boomer.”

Sims has come under fire since shouting "Boomer” 11 times from the stage of the Nokia Theater after it was announced OU quarterback Sam Bradford was this year’s Heisman winner.

"I hear I’ve been getting some bad press, that I say ‘Boomer Sooner’ too much,” Sims said during Monday’s black-tie Heisman award ceremony at the New York Hilton before leading the event’s public benefit auction. "In no way did I mean to upstage Sam’s night. I love Oklahoma so much, and I try to be a spokesman for the university. I will never, ever stop saying ‘Boomer.’

"But I apologize to the Bradford family and the Heisman Trust if I crossed a boundary. Sam’s dad, Kent, was a teammate of mine and was part of my Heisman season. That’s why I was so happy for Sam.”

Later, Heisman Trust member Sanford Wurmfeld, who presented the Heisman Trophy to Bradford on Saturday, came to Sims’ defense.

"If someone told Billy that the Heisman Trust was unhappy with him, that is far from the case,” Wurmfeld said.


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