High school football: Former Sooner Lydell Carr's legend was born in Enid

100 YEARS OF OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS — Lydell Carr ran for nearly 3,000 yards in his four years with the Sooners, but he was a legend at Enid High. Carr's legacy was helped along when he helped Enid take down power Tulsa Washington in 1983.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 17, 2012
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photo - Enid's Lydell Carr holds up a poster of then-Nebraska stars Turner Gill, Mike Rozier and Irving Fryar in this 1984 photo. Carr was The Oklahoman's Back of the Year and a member of the 1983 All-State team. Carr, who lives in Plano, Texas, is among the former All-Staters the newspaper is catching up with in commemoration of The Oklahoman's 100th All-State football team in December. FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES
Enid's Lydell Carr holds up a poster of then-Nebraska stars Turner Gill, Mike Rozier and Irving Fryar in this 1984 photo. Carr was The Oklahoman's Back of the Year and a member of the 1983 All-State team. Carr, who lives in Plano, Texas, is among the former All-Staters the newspaper is catching up with in commemoration of The Oklahoman's 100th All-State football team in December. FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

Carr ran for 2,077 yards as a senior as Enid won its first title since 1966.

“Everybody kept telling me I'd get 2,000 yards this year, but that's a lot of yardage and I didn't think I could accomplish that,” Carr said after that season.

Today, Carr is in the car business, working at Chuck Fairbanks Chevrolet in the Dallas area, a dealership owned by the son of the former Sooners coach of the same name.

Carr has been in the business since 1994 but joined Fairbanks' company three months ago.

“Chuck called and said all the alumni kept asking how come I don't have you,” Carr said. “I love Chuck to death. It's been great working with him.

“My prayers are with his dad right now.”

The elder Fairbanks is battling brain cancer.

Carr returned to Enid last season and spoke to this year's Plainsmen.

“It was a good feeling to get invited back home and to visit with those young guys,” Carr said.

Carr has three children, son Christopher and daughters Kaitlyn and Jaclyn.

Kaitlyn, 15 and a volleyball player, recently told her dad her top college choices. OU was among the three schools she named.

“We'll put OU on the forefront now,” Carr said. “I've got to get her up there for a volleyball camp.”

Carr recently had an opportunity to move to the Oklahoma City area but doesn't want to disrupt his children's schooling.

“I love the Dallas area but I'd definitely go back to Oklahoma if the circumstances are right,” Carr said. “That's home and in the end, you always want to go back home.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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100 years of Oklahoman All-State football teams

Over the next five weeks, The Oklahoman will look back on the previous 99 years of Oklahoman All-State football teams, leading up to the unveiling of the 100th All-State team on Dec. 23. Each Sunday and Wednesday until then, we'll take a look back at a team from each decade. Today, we start with the threes — 1913, 1923, 1933, etc. On Wednesday, we'll look back at the fours. The idea for the project came from the publishing of a book by Clinton native Cecil Eugene Reinke compiling the 1913-2000 teams.

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