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OU football: Former Sooner linebacker Brian Bosworth left out of College Football Hall of Fame again

by Jason Kersey Published: May 22, 2014

NORMAN — As the only two-time Butkus Award winner, Brian Bosworth is without question one of the greatest linebackers in college football history.

Bosworth led Oklahoma in tackles for three straight seasons from 1984-86, and helped lead the Sooners to the 1985 national championship.

And as of 2014, Bosworth still isn’t a hall of famer. The former Sooner great was once again left out of the College Football Hall of Fame, which announced its 2014 inductees Thursday in Irving, Texas.

Bosworth and former OU defensive back Randy Hughes were both on the 2014 ballot, but neither was inducted. The duo was also on the ballot last year, when former Sooner Rod Shoate was inducted.

Hughes was a defensive back on Oklahoma’s 1974 national title team, earning first-team All-America distinction that year and finishing his career with 14 interceptions.

Twenty former OU players and five former OU coaches have been inducted into the hall of fame.

After the announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, the Tulsa World asked Bosworth about it.

“I don’t watch it,” he said. “It’s not something … I get reminded every year. It comes up sometime in the middle of the summer, the first part of the summer. It is what it is. There are players in there that probably shouldn’t be in there right now. Do they deserve to be in there? Yeah. But the fact they have players in there from the ’90s and they passed over (former OU linebacker) Rod Shoate, who just went in just this past year. Shoate is one of the greatest that’s ever played. Why is he in there and it took him until this last year to get in there and you have guys that have played after I played and they are in there? It doesn’t make any sense.

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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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