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

Bohannon, now an elementary school principal in Eufaula, received a link to the video of Orr's tackle from a former student not long after it hit the Internet. He immediately shared it with his wife and children.

Orr now stands 6-foot-2 and a solid 240 pounds.

“I wished he'd have been that big in high school,” Bohannon said. “He would've probably hurt somebody though.”

Orr helped Okemah reach the state title game and earned Oklahoman All-State honorable mention status as a senior in 1989. He went on to become a longtime starter at UCO. He had 200 career tackles for the Bronchos.

Norman North football coach Wade Standley grew up with Orr in Okemah. Standley spent plenty of time working out with Orr, especially in the summers after he'd graduated from Okemah and while Orr was still in high school.

“Brian was one of those guys that his motor just ran 100 mph, and he was very determined, very focused, always very serious about what he was doing,” Standley said. “He became a monster in the weight room.

“He's just a great guy, a loyal guy, always a team guy and it was certainly no surprise when he chose to go into the profession that he's in because of those characteristics and then no surprise how successful he's been either.”

Orr started with the Okemah Police Department before moving on to Moore, where he spent most of his time working as a K-9 officer. In 2002, he realized his longtime goal of working for the OHP.

“He knew at 17 years old that he wanted to be an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman, which I think is awesome that he's about 40 years old today and that's what he's doing,” Bailey said. “I think that's the cool thing that kids can dream and their dreams can come true.”

Monday morning, Bailey texted Orr about the hit.

“Just the way you coached me,” Orr said.

by Ryan Aber
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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