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Former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate elected to College Football Hall of Fame

by Jason Kersey Published: May 7, 2013
Former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO

NORMAN — Late former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, the National Football Foundation announced Tuesday.

Shoate was a three-time All-America pick from 1972-74, and was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1974, when the Sooners won the national championship.

A two-time Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, Shoate finished seventh in the 1974 Heisman Trophy voting and finished his career with 420 tackles, the third-highest total in school history.

Shoate died Oct. 4, 1999 at the age of 46.

His teammate, defensive back Randy Hughes, was listed on the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot, but wasn’t elected. Hughes intercepted 14 passes during his career, good for fourth in school history.

Once again, Oklahoma legend Brian Bosworth was not elected. The two-time consensus first-team All-American linebacker led OU in tackles three straight seasons from 1984-86, and helped the Sooners to three straight Orange Bowl appearances and the 1985 national title.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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