OU football: OHP trooper Brian Orr — a former linebacker — laid out wayward fan

Orr was All-State honorable mention at Okemah, before going on to star at the University of Central Oklahoma.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 18, 2013

NORMAN — Brian Orr was different.

When Chuck Bailey was recruiting the Okemah High School football standout to Central Oklahoma, Bailey sat him down like he did every other recruit and asked some simple questions.

What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to major in? What do you want to do when you're done playing football?

Unlike most high school seniors, Orr's answer was firm and unwavering.

“I want to be an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman and nothing else,” Orr said.

Saturday, a stadium full of people — and many thousands more through Internet videos — were introduced to Orr when the OHP trooper, who serves as Bob Stoops' personal bodyguard during football games, laid a blindside tackle on a fan who ran onto Owen Field during a timeout.

The fan, Ronald Butch Mais, was turned over the University of Oklahoma police, cited for disturbing the peace, then released on his own recognizance.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and an official at the game joked that Orr should've been flagged for targeting. Sooners players after the game praised Orr for his form on the takedown.

Bailey, now the athletic director at Mustang, might've been the only one criticizing Orr's tackle that drew a large reaction from the crowd.

“As a coach, the only criticism is on the tackle he left his feet, and to make a good tackle you have to run through the tackle,” Bailey said with a laugh. “So I probably would've had to grade him a minus when I did film study.”

The OHP released a statement Monday praising Orr's actions.

Those who know Orr weren't at all surprised he took control of the situation, while no one else reacted much as Mais ran across the field early in the fourth quarter.

“He's going to step up and do something,” Orr's high school coach, Johnny Bohannon, said. “If he thought there was actually a threat, Brian's the first one to step up and go meet it on. That's just his mentality.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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