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OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME — Induction gives the state one more opportunity to celebrate the Selmons. And when Dewey Selmons speaks Monday, listen well and close.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 2, 2012

When Selmon was announced as a Hall of Fame inductee, he was asked what three things would he place on his plaque, if he could. Here's how he answered.

1. “First, I would put the word ‘blessed.' It was a blessed time to be at the University of Oklahoma. Blessed to be around Coach (Barry) Switzer and his players. I met my wife there. It was a blessed time. Give thanks to God for that.”

2. “Second, would be commitment. Being committed to a sport.” When everyone is committed, he said, good things happen. Selmon mentioned his old teammate, Jimbo Elrod, and how different they were. “But he played football on Saturdays just as hard as I did.” And good things happened to the Sooners.

3. “Last thing would be, as I've grown older, to sum up everything I've done, it would be thankful. Thankful that God blessed me with the talent to play the game, and be with Lucious and Lee Roy, Little Joe (Washington) and Jimbo. The people you meet at that young age, they carry you. The memories never go away. We showed commitment and tried to do it the right way. That will last forever.”

I don't know what Dewey Selmon will say in his speech Monday night. But I know this. You'll have to listen close. And you'll be glad you did.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members Monday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Oklahoman will profile the inductees:

Friday: Dewey Selmon

Saturday: Ferguson Jenkins

Sunday: Lynne Draper, Jess “Cab” Renick and Perry Maxwell.

Monday: Pat Jones


Born: Nov. 19, 1953.

High school: Eufaula

College: OU 1972-75

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-81, San Diego Chargers 1982.

Presenter: Son Zac Selmon.

Claim to fame: Two-time all-American defensive lineman for the Sooners; he and brothers Lee Roy and Lucious formed the legendary OU defensive line in 1973.


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