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Oklahoma football: Late-1940s Sooners halfback George Brewer dies

by Jason Kersey Published: July 21, 2014

Former Oklahoma halfback George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85.

Brewer was a four-year letterwinner at OU between 1946 and 1949, playing a key role on some of legendary coach Bud Wilkinson’s very first Oklahoma teams, twice leading the Big Seven in rushing. He shared a backfield with All-America quarterback and future Texas coach Darrell Royal.

The Lubbock, Texas, native played his freshman season for coach Jim Tatum and his final three for Wilkinson. OU went 36-6-1 and won a conference championship in each of Brewer’s four seasons.

Brewer’s younger brother Charlie became Texas’ starting quarterback in the early 1950s.

After his playing career, Brewer served in the Korean War. He eventually enjoyed a long career in the oil business and become a long-time OU athletics booster.

He lived in Edmond and is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three daughters.

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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