Sooners mourn passing of a legend

NORMAN, Okla. — It's days like today that continue to remind the Sooner program and the rest of those around the country that not every day is filled with good news.

Former football consensus All-American Jerry Tubbs passed away Friday, leaving behind a legendary Sooner legacy.

Tubbs, one of OU's nation-high 75 consensus All-Americans and 153 total, helped guide OU to its second and third National Championships back in 1955 and '56, respectively, and made his mark on both sides of the ball.

Not only a great passer, Tubbs also separated himself as one of the best on the other side, recording three interceptions in the 1955 Red River Rivalry game against Texas.

In '56, he became the first Sooner to receive the Walter Camp Award given to the player of the year and also earned Lineman of the Year by UPI.

Shortly after OU's National Title win over Maryland in the '56 Orange Bowl, Miami Daily News writer Ralph Warner praised him heavily.

"Jerry Tubbs took the decision over Bob Pellegrini, the Maryland All-America, in the battle of the centers," Warner wrote. "Pellegrini was outstanding, but Tubbs was even more so with a brilliant all-around performance."

Just more than a year later, Tubbs became the 10th overall player selected in the 1957 draft by the Chicago Cardinals.

After playing for three teams (the Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys) and becoming one of the first players in Cowboys history voted to the Pro Bowl in 1962, he emerged as the 12th Sooner player inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, 1996.

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