Oklahoma state college Q&A: Mike Garrett, Langston AD, 1965 Heisman Trophy winner

Mike Garrett weighs in on who will likely get his Heisman vote, how many concussions he thinks he suffered during his career, and how he spends his NFL Sundays now.
by Scott Munn Published: November 1, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Langston Athletic Director Mike Garrett addresses members of the football coaching staff on business affairs at a staff meeting at Langston University July 2, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Langston Athletic Director Mike Garrett addresses members of the football coaching staff on business affairs at a staff meeting at Langston University July 2, 2013. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

Mike Garrett, 69, is in his second year as athletic director at Langston University. Garrett wants to make the historically black school a sports powerhouse, which is right up his alley. The Los Angeles native grew up a winner. He was a two-time All-America running back at the University of Southern California, winning the 1965 Heisman Trophy. As a pro, with the Kansas City Chiefs, he played in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl IV, earning a championship ring for the latter after a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Garrett ran for 5,481 yards and 35 touchdowns during a seven-year career, which included a stop with the San Diego Chargers. He later earned a law degree and then spent 1993-2010 as USC's athletic director. Garrett lives in Edmond with his wife Suzanne. They have two adult children, Sara and Daniel, and 8-year-old twin boys, Michael and John. The two-time Pro Bowler took a timeout recently to answer a few questions for The Oklahoman.

Q: Where do you keep your Heisman?

A: “At my house, on the piano. I had it on the mantel at my mom's house, and after she passed away, we moved it to my house and put on the mantel there. When we were getting ready to move here, we got into a big discussion whether we leave it in Pasadena or bring it with us. My wife was the one who said we were bringing it with us.”

Who gets your Heisman vote so far?

“To be honest with you, I haven't been keeping up with it that closely. Of course, you have to think of the kid (Johnny Manziel) at A&M. But I haven't paid much more attention than that.”

Have you been invited to participate in the Heisman House commercials?

“No. I'm probably too old. It's a different generation.”

If you could have your old Kansas City coach, Hank Stram, over for dinner, what would you serve?

“Steak. Some kind of pasta. A hearty salad. Hank was a hearty eater, too. I always loved to be around him because I didn't have to talk. He was quite a talker. Hank was one of my favorite people.”

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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