All-American: Paul "Buddy" Burris
|Paul "Buddy" Burris|
Paul "Buddy" Burris, G - 1946, 1947, 1948
Paul "Buddy" Burris became the first Sooner to earn All-America honors three times, including being named a consensus All-American in 1948. He said after his career was over that he should have been playing as a linebacker, but his play as both an offensive and defensive guard helped bring about an OU dynasty during the '50s.
Burris started a similar dynasty as four of his brothers would follow him into Norman to play for the Sooners. It's probably the largest family from one generation ever to play for Oklahoma.
He was drafted in the ninth round by Brooklyn in 1949. Burris was also the first player from OU to be inducted into the Helms Athletic Foundation Football Hall of Fame.