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The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time 

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A list of the best Oklahoma Sooners of all time. Beginning in 1895, the University of Oklahoma began its illustrious football program. To many in the Heartland, Oklahoma football has maintained a standard of excellence since that time. The school has been long associated with winning football and has produced some of the best players in college football history.

Oklahoma has a history of winning national titles, with seven claimed and a whopping ten unclaimed championships. Oklahoma is known for having one of the most fearsome defensive lines in college football history. Led by pro football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma can boast having a number of powerhouses along its defensive front. That doesn't even include the school's five Heisman Trophy winners. Sam Bradford is the most recent Oklahoma Sooner to bring the Heisman back to Norman. During his time in school, Bradford set a number of records and was the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft when he was selected by the St. Louis Rams.

Other famous players who are considered some of the greatest Sooners ever are flamboyant linebacker Brian Bosworth and running back Adrian Peterson. All Day powered Oklahoma to the 2004 BCS Championship game where it succumbed to USC. In fact, Oklahoma Sooners running backs have been among the best in college football. Since Bob Stoops became head coach in 1998, Oklahoma has had some of its best players and has a prosperous run. The school is a fixture in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

This is the list of the best Oklahoma Sooners football players of all time. If you notice a player who deserves to be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Sooners player ever. 
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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Running back from Palestine, Texas, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Washington Redskins

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Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Defensive end from Eufaula, Oklahoma

Age: Died at 57 (1954-2011)

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Linebacker from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Oklahoma Sooners football

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Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Quarterback from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: 28

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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Joe Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Keith Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Defensive tackle from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Age: 27

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Running back from Las Vegas, Nevada

Age: 27

Teams: Oklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

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Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Marcus Dupree is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Running back from Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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Tony Casillas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Trent Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Tackle from Longview, Texas

Age: 30

Teams: Washington Redskins

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Rocky Calmus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Linebacker from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Age: 39

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Tommy McDonald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Billy Vessels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Running back and Halfback from Cleveland, Oklahoma

Age: Died at 70 (1931-2001)

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Tommie Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Defensive tackle from Killeen, Texas

Age: 32

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers

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Baker Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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Josh Heupel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Josh Heupel Quarterback from Aberdeen, South Dakota

Age: 40

Teams: Oklahoma Sooners football, Miami Dolphins

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Rod Shoate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Rod Shoate Linebacker from Spiro, Oklahoma

Age: Dec. at 46 (1953-1999)

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Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Safety from Redwood City, California, United States of America

Age: 35

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys

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Teddy Lehman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Linebacker from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Age: 34

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Derrick Strait is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
Cornerback from Austin, Texas

Age: 35