After almost a 30-year wait since he left Oklahoma, former Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class.
Bosworth is the 21st player from Oklahoma to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Sooners 26 inductees (players and coaches) is the most of any Big 12 school.
Known for his crazy demeanor on the field, he was anything but when he learned he was finally making the Hall of Fame.
“It took my breath away,” Bosworth said. “Can honestly say I started crying. The honor is something I never thought would ever come across my doorstep.
“It’s a dream come true for me because I was an Oklahoma boy and got to live a dream and play at a university that had such a great tradition, great players. It verifies the work we did as a football team together. This is an award I share with all of my teammates and coaches.”
Nobody is happier for Bosworth than his legendary coach when both roamed the sidelines in Norman in the 1980s.
“Brian was just a tremendous player, a true superstar,” former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer said in a release by the university. “He was part of the best linebacker corps we had during my time at Oklahoma. They were all blessed with tremendous speed and were great competitors. That group led the nation in total defense all three of Brian’s seasons.”
Bosworth was a three-time Big 8 selection and two-time unanimous All-American. He was also a two-time Butkus Award winner and until this season the Oklahoma all-time leader for sacks by a linebacker.
“He was just a great competitor who wanted to win and worked hard at being a great player,” former Oklahoma coach Gary Gibbs said. “He was someone you could count on every game. He was also surrounded by a bunch of great competitors and that really brought out the best in him. He’s one of the all-time greatest inside linebackers to ever play the game.”
Bosworth helped Oklahoma to three-straight Orange Bowl appearances and the 1985 national championship.
Ask any OU fan, and they'll say the honor is long overdue. Nobody has supported that stance more than Switzer.
“This recognition is long overdue, but we know the reasons why," Switzer said. "Brian probably could have gone in a decade ago with Keith Jackson. If you’re the only two-time winner of the Butkus Award, you belong in the College Football Hall of Fame. He would have been a three-time winner if he had played another season at Oklahoma."
He was a first-round pick in the 1987 Supplemental NFL Draft, then played three season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Bosworth was the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 feature that aired this fall called "Brian and The Boz" that shed light on his crazy, noteworthy journey before, during and after his days of being a Sooner.
The official ceremony will be in December.