All-American: Rocky Calmus

Rufus Alexander

Rocky Calmus, LB - 2000, 2001
Only a few players define their position, but that is precisely what Rocky Calmus meant to college football.

As a senior, he won the Dick Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, but also was a finalist for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards as the nation's best defender and the Lombardi Award as the country's top interior player. His senior year total of 117 tackles vaulted him into Oklahoma's top five career tacklers and capped an incredible career.

As a junior, he was named the toughest player in college football by The Sporting News during the Sooners' 2000 national championship season. OU's all-time leader in tackles for a loss by a linebacker, Calmus was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and was a finalist for the Butkus Award. A first-team All Big 12 selection in each of his last three seasons, Calmus led the squad in tackles in each of those years.

Calmus played through several injuries during his career including a fractured bone in his leg and a broken thumb. He was drafted in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Tennessee Titans.

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