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.
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