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.
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HALL OF FAME SERIES
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.