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Series on 100 Years of All-State brings history to life

The 100 Years of All-State package really came to life for us last Monday in our office, when Vian football coach Brandon Tyler pulled a small memento out of his pocket. It was a 1943 Oklahoman All-State ring.
by Scott Wright Published: December 23, 2012

It was small and tarnished, and the words inscribed on it were tiny, but the history it personified was real. You could feel it when you held the ring in your hand.

The ring was awarded to Tyler's grandfather, Richard Moseley, an All-Stater from Muskogee in 1943.

Moseley was a good player at Tulsa and had the potential to play pro ball until a kidney injury ended his career as a senior.

He died in 1977, and Tyler's grandmother gave him a box of Moseley's old football memorabilia. There were items from Moseley's days as a tight end at Tulsa, and several other artifacts — including that ring.

“I was 4 years old when he passed away, and my grandmother gave me all of his old football stuff,” Tyler said. “I didn't understand it much when I was 4, but he was a great football player, and it means a lot to me to have that stuff.”

To everyone who emailed, wrote or called to voice your appreciation and share your stories on the 100 Years of All-State series — and to those who happily followed the stories and lists in a less vocal way — we thank you. We're glad you enjoyed reading it.

And know that we enjoyed bringing it to much more.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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