All-American: Jim Grisham

Rufus Alexander

Jim Grisham, FB/LB - 1963
Jim Grisham made an impression on a few people with his 107 yards rushing in his first bowl game.

The Sooners faced Paul "Bear" Bryant and his Alabama Crimson Tide. Most notably, Bryant was extremely impressed with his performance. "Grisham was as hard a runner as we've ever seen," the legendary coach commented.

The consensus All-American punished his opponents on defense as much as on offense. During his sophomore season, he was named defensive player of the game against Kansas and Syracuse. The three-time all-conference performer made Bud Wilkinson's final game as head coach memorable. With the Sooners trailing 10-7 in the second half to OSU, Grisham exploded for four touchdowns while setting a school record for rushing yards (218).

He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings during the sixth round in 1965.

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