Famous Oklahoma Football Players | Top Sooners of All Time

Here are some of the famous Oklahoma football players who became part of the University of Oklahoma Sooners over the years.

Lee Roy Selmon

Selmon became one of the most famous Oklahoma football players to date. He was part of the Sooners football team as a defensive lineman from 1972 to 1975. He played together with his brothers Dewey and Loucious. He emerged as one of the most significant defense linemen in Sooner history. He assisted the OU to the 1974 and 1975 National Championships. He was awarded an Outland Trophy and received a Lombardi Award. In 1976, he was the first player chosen in the National Football League (NFL) Draft for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Adrian Peterson

Peterson played OU football as running back from 2004 to 2006. During the 2004 season, he set the NCAA freshman record with 1,925 rushing yards and 339 carries. He helped bring the Sooners to a National championship game. He was the first freshman to finish 2nd in the voting of the Heisman Trophy. In 2007, he was Minnesota Vikings' 7th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Billy Sims

Sims was another famous Oklahoma football player who played as OU running back from 1975 to 1979. He remains an all-time Sooner's leading rusher with 4,118 yards. He was awarded the Heisman trophy in 1978. In 1980, he was Detroit Lions' 1st overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Brian Bosworth

Bosworth was Sooners linebacker from 1984 to 1986. He is the only player to win the Butkus Award two times. In 1987 he was chosen by Seattle Seahawks in the 1st round of Supplemental Draft.

Keith Jackson

Jackson played as tight end for the Sooners from 1984 to 1987. He assisted the team to the National Championship in 1985. He was a Football All-American team selection in his last two seasons, was voted Offensive Player of the Century, and, in 2001, became part of the Football Hall of Fame. He was the No. 13 overall pick by Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft of 1998.

Roy Williams

Williams was an OU safety from 1999 to 2001. He was a key player who assisted the Sooners in the National Championship game in 2000. He garnered the Nagurski Trophy and the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award. In 2002, he was the 8th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Draft.

Steve Owens

Owens was Sooner's running back from 1967 to 1969. He was the 2nd OU player to garner the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1969. He also became part of the College Hall of Fame in football. He was Detroit Lions' 1970 No. 19 overall pick in round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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