All-American: Jerry Tubbs

Rufus Alexander

Jerry Tubbs, C/LB - 1956
Jerry Tubbs earned consensus All-America honors in 1956. Many people felt he deserved the honor in 1955, as well.

After the Sooners soundly defeated the Terrapins in the 1956 Orange Bowl to win the national title, Miami Daily News writer Ralph Warner wrote: "Jerry Tubbs took the decision over Bob Pellegrini, the Maryland All-America, in the battle of the centers. Pellegrini was outstanding, but Tubbs was even more so with a brilliant all-around performance."

Not only a great blocker, Tubbs established himself as one of the top pass defenders in the country with his three interceptions against Texas in 1955. During 1956, Tubbs was the first Sooner to receive the Walter Camp Award, given to the player of the year, and was also named Lineman of the Year by UPI.

He was the 10th player taken in the 1957 draft by the Cardinals. He became the 12th Sooner player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, 1996.

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