During his time at OU, there were other firsts, including Prentice Gautt becoming the first black football player at the school and Billy Vessels becoming the first Heisman Trophy winner for the Sooners.
Wilkinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
For two years, 1978 and 1979, Bud coached the St. Louis Cardinals in the National Football League. His teams went a combined 9-20.
Wilkinson died Feb. 9, 1994, in St. Louis at age 77 after a lengthy illness.