"If you were in the army, he would be the general. And everybody knew he was the general.” — former Sooner halfback Joe Wylie, who starred in the same backfield with Mildren at OU. "I'm not quite the optioner my dad was, and besides, I'm a lot slower. I tease him and tell him what a better passer I am. He knows he could outrun me, so I guess it all evens out.” — Mildren's son, Drew Mildren, when he was the varsity quarterback at Casady School in 1996. "Great football player. Great leader in the huddle. One of the great college quarterbacks of all time.” — Tom Brahaney, Mildren's center on the 1971 Sooners. "I used to try to keep 'em to where they weren't so tight. I would talk about things other than football in the huddle. ‘Guys, we need to make sure we do well. If we want to go out tonight and have a good time we need to win this game.' Just to keep 'em going where they didn't get so caught up in the game. I wasn't intense. I just tried to keep 'em where they enjoyed the game.” — Mildren on talking to teammates in the huddle during games. "Don't try to kid yourself. If you try to say, ‘It's just another game.' Oh, give me a break. Embrace what it is. It's an opportunity. There's nothing like it. And smile. You don't have to have an all-serious look. We know you're going to be serious. But there's some fun to it because there's so much excitement. Shoot, that's why you go to a place like OU, to have that kind of experience. Big-time games against big-time opponents.” — Mildren giving Sooner football teams advice on OU-Texas week. "I'm devastated. He was tough, maybe the toughest quarterback and toughest minded and toughest physically you'll ever see. He exemplified this throughout his disease. There's going to be a void at OU for a lot of years.” — John Shelley, Mildren's college roommate and teammate at OU. "You could tell the last three months that his health had been declining. It was tough to watch. But even in his final days, he had a quick wit about him.” — Brandon Rush, producer of Mildren's radio show. From Staff Reports
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Jack Mildren was the first Sooner quarterback to run the wishbone. the oklahoman archive