Oklahoma football: Brian Bosworth on ballot for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Sooners Randy Hughes and Rod Shoate are among the 77 players on the ballot released by the National Football Foundation.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 5, 2013
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photo - SPRING FOOTBALL GAME: Former OU players Brian Bosworth, right, and  Tony Casillas watch during the University of Oklahoma's Red-White college football game at The Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
SPRING FOOTBALL GAME: Former OU players Brian Bosworth, right, and Tony Casillas watch during the University of Oklahoma's Red-White college football game at The Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 11, 2009. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

— Former Oklahoma football players Brian Bosworth, Randy Hughes and Rod Shoate are among the 77 players listed on the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, released Tuesday by the National Football Foundation.

The Class of 2013 will be announced May 7, and inductions will be Dec. 10 at the 56th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a first-team All-American, played their last season of college football 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.

Bosworth won the first two Butkus Awards in 1985 and 1986, and remains the only two-time recipient of the award, presented annually to college football's best linebacker.

He led Oklahoma in tackles three straight seasons from 1984-86.

Bosworth was selected first overall in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft and spent a little over two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Hughes was a defensive back on Oklahoma's 1974 national championship team; that season, he was an All-American selection and finished his career with 14 interceptions.

Shoate was a three-time All-American linebacker from 1972-74, and a two-time Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.

In 1974, Shoate finished seventh in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. He finished his career with 420 tackles, the third-highest total in OU history.

Nineteen of the 918 players who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame are former Sooners. Five former Oklahoma coaches are also Hall of Famers.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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