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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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  • 1
    Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Lee Roy Selmon

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    AgeDec. at 57 (1954-2011)

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Adrian Peterson

    Running back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age35

    TeamsWashington Redskins

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  • 3
    Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Baker Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Baker Mayfield

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    Brian Bosworth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Brian Bosworth

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

    Age55

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, 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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    Joe Washington

    Running back

    BirthplaceCrockett, Texas

    Age67

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    Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    BirthplaceRedwood City, California, United States of America

    Age40

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys

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    Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Gerald McCoy

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Age32

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    Keith Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Keith Jackson

    Tight end

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age55

  • 10
    Kyler Murray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Kyler Murray

    Quarterback

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

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    Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Sam Bradford

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Age32

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Steve Owens

    Running back

    BirthplaceGore, Oklahoma

    Age72

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    Sterling Shepard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Sterling Shepard

    Wide Receiver

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    DeMarco Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    DeMarco Murray

    Running back

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Age32

    TeamsOklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

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    Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Greg Pruitt

    Running back

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age69

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    Marcus Dupree is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Marcus Dupree

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age56

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    Marquise Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Marquise Brown

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

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    Rocky Calmus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Rocky Calmus

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Age41

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    Trent Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    BirthplaceLongview, Texas

    Age32

    TeamsWashington Redskins

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    Tommy McDonald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Tommy McDonald

    Running back, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRoy, New Mexico

    Age86

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    Tony Casillas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Tony Casillas

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Age56

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    #57 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time#7 of 38 The Best Hispanic Football Players

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    Billy Vessels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Billy Vessels

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceCleveland, Oklahoma

    AgeDied at 70 (1931-2001)

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    Dewey Selmon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Dewey Selmon

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    Age66

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    Tommie Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Tommie Harris

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceKilleen, Texas

    Age37

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers

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    Jason White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time
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    Jason White

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceTuttle, Oklahoma

    Age40

    TeamsOklahoma Sooners football

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