Carl Albert coach Gary Rose was an All-State lineman from Shawnee in 1969, even though he weighed only about 185 pounds.
During All-State practices, Rose got to try and block Lucious Selmon of Eufaula and Barry Price of Midwest City.
“I wasn't very successful,” Rose said.
The late Darrell Porter, who played Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals, was an All-State quarterback from Southeast that year.
Porter skipped the football game, but Rose's Shawnee team lost to Southeast, 9-7, that season.
“He kicked the field goal and scored the touchdown,” Rose said of Porter. “He was unbelievable. Porter was an all-stater in three sports. He could have been a big time college player in football and baseball.”
SOONER STARS ON 1979 SQUAD
The 1979 All-State team had two linebackers who would later start side by side for the University of Oklahoma: Stillwater's Jackie Shipp, now a coach for the Sooners, and Thomas Benson of Ardmore.
Another legendary Sooner also was on the 1979 squad: the late Ricky Bryan of Coweta.
GUNDY, BRADY, GILDON ON 1989 TEAM
Headlining the 1989 All-State team was current University of Oklahoma coach Cale Gundy, who was named Back of the Year by The Oklahoman.
Gundy threw for 7,060 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career at Midwest City.
One of Gundy's favorite targets at Oklahoma was the All-State tight end that year: Rickey Brady of Putnam City West.
Oklahoma State also had a future star on the 1989 All-State squad in Jason Gildon of Altus.
HERITAGE HALL WELL REPRESENTED ON 1999 SQUAD
Wes Welker of Heritage Hall was The Oklahoman's Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 because he did almost everything for the Chargers.
The future New England Patriot rushed for 1,243 yards that season and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 805 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Welker also returned three punts for touchdowns and kicked a 57-yard field goal that season.
Another famous Heritage Hall alum was on the 1999 All-State team, but he went to Nashville to gain celebrity.
Musician Graham Colton was the quarterback for Heritage Hall that season. He was officially named to the All-State team as a punter, although it was the passing records that he set that landed him on the team.
OU AND OSU STARTERS ON 2009 TEAM
The 2009 All-State team featured two players currently starting at the University of Oklahoma and one for Oklahoma State.
Offensive lineman Bronson Irwin of Mustang and cornerback Aaron Colvin of Owasso are playing for the Sooners, while Calvin Barnett of Tulsa Washington was the Big 12 newcomer of the year for the Cowboys after transferring from Navarro Community College in Texas.
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