All-American: Steve Zabel

Rufus Alexander

Steve Zabel, TE - 1969
Steve Zabel earned All-America honors as a tight end in 1969, but his play at other positions made him one of the most valuable players at OU. With his natural athletic ability, in 1968 the coaching staff decided to utilize him at defensive end and also as a punter.

He was named to the All-America blocking team by the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times during his sophomore year. During his first season playing for the varsity, Zabel had his most memorable experience as a Sooner. "My greatest moment as an OU player has got to be catching the touchdown pass in '67 against KU from Bob Warmack with one minute left in the game. That clinched the Orange Bowl berth," Zabel said.

Also an excellent student, Zabel was a three-time academic all-conference selection. He was the sixth player taken in the 1970 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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