Brian Bosworth belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, his alter ego is keeping him out.
The Class of 2011 was announced Thursday and once again Bosworth missed the cut. Blame it on "The Boz.”
"I don't know when they'll let The Boz in, and The Boz travels with Brian Bosworth,” former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer said. "There's two people there.”
OU linebacker Rod Shoate, a three-time All-American (1972-74), also was nominated and got bypassed, as did Baylor quarterback and Oklahoma City native Don Trull.
With Thursday's selections, there are now 878 players and 188 coaches in the hall. Having that many inductees seemingly would dilute being selected, but keep in mind an estimated 4.72 million players have played college football, which means each honoree represents 4,428 players.
Bosworth was en route to a Subway sandwich shop in Malibu, Calif., when the new class was revealed. In the midst of ordering a $5 foot-long meatball sandwich on wheat bread with no cheese, Bosworth was informed of the snub.
Bosworth said he was unaware an announcement was even scheduled, which should tell you something.
"I don't really put a lot of importance on somebody else telling me what I did. I know what I did,” said Bosworth, now age 45. "The players and the coaches I played with, and against, know what I did. I take a lot more pride in the fact college football was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I don't think I've had a chance to match how much fun I had in any other endeavor in my life.”
Being the No. 1 pick in the 1987 supplemental draft, playing in the NFL, becoming an actor, living a Hollywood life — Bosworth insists none of it stacks up to what he did with the Sooners.
Bosworth's collegiate achievements are hall-of-fame material. He is the only two-time winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He won the first two Butkus trophies ever presented (1985-86). He was a two-time consensus All-American. He earned his bachelor's degree in 3½ years and was an Academic All-American.
"He never was a bad citizen,” Switzer said. "He was an outstanding student. I guess being on the honor roll and graduating in 3½ years doesn't apply (to the hall of fame selection committee). He was a great student-athlete, but he made outrageous statements, he danced with the media, he created an image of The Boz.
"His play on the field should have been enough attention for him. He was a great player, a great practice player. He was never a disciplinary problem, other than keeping his damn mouth shut.”
Bosworth wanted to get noticed, and he was.
When flamboyant all-pro "Prime Time” Deion Sanders played for the Dallas Cowboys, he told Switzer: "You know, when I saw a white linebacker at Oklahoma get as much publicity as he was getting, that's when 'Prime Time' was born.