Great college football and the Oklahoma Sooners. For as long
as anyone can remember the two have been one and the same. Unlike some schools
where tradition represents ancient history, or others where it harkens back
only a few years, Oklahoma's
tradition is a constant accomplishment unfettered by eras or time. The Sooners
were playing football before Oklahoma
became a state and have achieved a legacy so successful, that more than
contributing to the history of this great game, it defines it. OU is the most successful
program of the modern era. Since the end of World War II, the Sooners are the
winningest program in the nation with more victories (535) than any other
school and the best winning percentage (.762).
This is one of the hottest programs in all of sports. Oklahoma
has played in
three national championship games over the last six seasons, owns five Big 12
championships during that time and turned out a list of award winners and draft
picks so long that it taxes even the best memory to name them all. Greatness
begets greatness and there has been plenty of that in
lately. Now, from all corners of the
country, the best players come to join a program of traditional success that is
riding one of its biggest waves. OU has had 56 consecutive televised games.
Imagine every game of your college career televised for family and friends back
home. To a Sooner, that's no dream; it's reality. Every one of the past 69 OU
football games have been on TV. Thanks to ABC, ESPN, TBS and Fox Sports Net
millions of viewers tune in to see
on a regular basis. Everyone loves a winner and the Sooners have been just that
under head coach Bob Stoops. But OU's success has driven ratings since the
program's first televised game in 1952. In all, the Sooners have played 262
games on TV. This is the center of the college football world.
Some of the greatest players in college football history
have worn the Crimson and Cream. The University
more than one All-American per year since it began playing football in 1895. To
date, OU players have been bestowed the prestigious honor 143 times. Four
Sooners have been awarded the Heisman Trophy including quarterback Jason White
in 2003, running back Billy Sims in 1978 and running back Steve Owens in 1969.
Running back Billy Vessels was OU's first Heisman winner in 1952.
64 National Award
24 Bowl Championships
5 Heisman Trophy