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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
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    374

    Adrian Peterson

    Running back

    BirthplacePalestine, Texas, United States of America

    Age35

    TeamsWashington Redskins

  • 2
    Billy Sims
  • 3
    Lee Roy Selmon
    716
    223

    Lee Roy Selmon

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    AgeDec. at 57 (1954-2011)

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

  • 4
    865
    269

    Baker Mayfield

  • 5
    Brian Bosworth
    746
    273

    Brian Bosworth

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceUSA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

    Age55

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Oklahoma Sooners football

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  • 6
    Joe Washington
    447
    142

    Joe Washington

    Running back

    BirthplaceCrockett, Texas

    Age67

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    #162 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#88 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time

  • 7
    Roy Williams
    501
    155

    BirthplaceRedwood City, California, United States of America

    Age40

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys

  • 8
    Keith Jackson
    416
    134

    Keith Jackson

    Tight end

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age55

  • 9
    Kyler Murray
    321
    46

    Kyler Murray

    Quarterback

    TeamsArizona Cardinals

  • 10
    Gerald McCoy
    491
    170

    Gerald McCoy

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Age32

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    #684 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#193 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • 11
    DeMarco Murray
    596
    217

    DeMarco Murray

    Running back

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Age32

    TeamsOklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

  • 12
    Steve Owens
    361
    116

    Steve Owens

    Running back

    BirthplaceGore, Oklahoma

    Age72

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  • 13
    Sam Bradford
    653
    278

    Sam Bradford

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Age32

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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  • 14
    Marquise Brown
    184
    22

    Marquise Brown

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

  • 15
    354
    102

    Sterling Shepard

    Wide Receiver

  • 16
    Greg Pruitt
    321
    108

    Greg Pruitt

    Running back

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Age69

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  • 17
    Trent Williams
    299
    95

    BirthplaceLongview, Texas

    Age32

    TeamsWashington Redskins

  • 18
    365
    118

    Marcus Dupree

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age56

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Oklahoma Sooners football

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    #580 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#61 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 19
    Tommy McDonald
    221
    76

    Tommy McDonald

    Running back, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRoy, New Mexico

    Age86

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    #127 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#18 of 121 The Best Philadelphia Eagles of All Time

  • 20
    Rocky Calmus
    284
    99

    Rocky Calmus

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Age41

  • 21
    Tony Casillas
    294
    106

    Tony Casillas

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Age56

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

  • 22
    Dewey Selmon
    240
    66

    Dewey Selmon

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    Age66

  • 23
    Billy Vessels
    201
    71

    Billy Vessels

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceCleveland, Oklahoma

    AgeDied at 70 (1931-2001)

  • 24
    Tommie Harris
    299
    105

    Tommie Harris

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceKilleen, Texas

    Age37

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers

  • 25
    Lucious Selmon
    258
    82

    Lucious Selmon

    Defensive lineman