OU football: Former Sooner Jerry Tubbs dies at age 77

by Berry Tramel Published: June 15, 2012
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“Jerry's daddy was a fireman in Breckenridge,” said Jakie Sandifer, who was two years behind Tubbs at Breckenridge and then became his teammate at OU. “Very modest family. Jerry was a very modest individual. Just a quiet, nice guy.

“Jerry in high school and college, Jerry was fast. Just a dedicated guy. Fast as the backs almost.”

Tubbs was so good at linebacker as a sophomore that Wilkinson moved him from center to fullback. In those single-platoon days, players had to play both offense and defense. In 1954, OU had an All-American center in Kurt Burris, so Tubbs played fullback.

“He was really good on offense and defense,” said Krisher. “Just instinctive toward the ball, and he knew when to go in and make the tackle. He was just really good at everything he did. Pro ball as well as college ball.”

In 1996, Tubbs was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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by Berry Tramel
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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...
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