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By John Rohde Published: March 8, 2010
Upon their Norman arrival in 1973, new Oklahoma secondary coach Bobby Proctor turned to wife Mary and asked, "Do you think we could stay here 20 years and retire?”

Mary laughed at the prospect of staying in the same place for more than three years.

Bobby and Mary Proctor raised their three sons in that house and when Pat, John and Scooter all had grown and left, Mom and Dad moved into a new house they had built three blocks away.

One of the most recognizable assistants in OU’s storied football history, Bobby Proctor is now 78 years old.

"I never thought I’d get this far,” said Proctor, who has five grandchildren. "It’s been a great run here. I don’t regret any part of it.”

The man who spent 37 seasons as a college assistant coach now occupies much of his time hunting and fishing, often on property owned by longtime friend Robin Hood (yes, his real name).

Proctor purchased a trailer at Lake Texoma and can be found fishing at Soldier Creek. He still goes to OU football games, and his favorite time is every spring when he has a chance to visit with former players at the Red-White scrimmage.

"I still enjoy it,” Proctor said of football. "I watch the secondary a lot.”

If Mary attends a game, Bobby will sit with her. If not, he will sit in the end zone, chat with stadium workmen and visit various tailgate parties.

Proctor’s coaching odyssey began in 1955 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater of Arkansas, where he coached a player by the name of Barry Switzer.