Earlier this year, the OU Athletics Department asked Sooner fans to submit their favorite memories of former Sooner players. Six of the very best submissions were selected by a panel of department staff to be featured on the tickets for home games for the 2012 season. We'll present more information about each ticket during the week prior to each game.
|| Lee Roy Selmon
"It would be difficult to find a better ambassador for Oklahoma, although there have been many greats in my 58 years as a Sooner. My brother-in-law played behind Lee Roy during his career at OU. Through David, I realized early that Lee Roy was a special person. Additionally, I came to Tampa in December of 1995. Lee Roy was the first ever Tampa Bay Buc in 1976, but his impact on this community reached far beyond football.
One of the greatest privileges for this "Sooner in Florida" was to simply listen to others around the Tampa Bay community talk about Lee Roy, his accomplishments and the impact he had on them personally. Yes, he was instrumental in bringing football to the University of South Florida. He was a bank vice president. There's no better place to eat BBQ in Tampa than "Lee Roy Selmons." And, he has his own "Selmon Expressway" bridging the Tampa Bay region. But how rare is it to find a man who left everyone that met him feeling better to have known him? Lee Roy was that man.
Lee Roy was the first ever Buc. Thirty-five years later he is still the greatest Buc of all time and the only Buc in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is arguably one of he greatest college football players to ever wear the Sooner uniform. He is unquestionably one of the greatest men to ever graduate from the University of Oklahoma!"
- Submitted by Larry from Lawton, Okla.
Congratulations to Lee Roy Selmon
(Defensive Tackle, 1972-75, from Eufaula, Okla.) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for the Bedlam contest against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
Selmon, a two-time first team All-American, also won the Outland and Lombardi trophies in
1975. Selmon went on to become the first overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, was a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and won the 1979 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Selmon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
|| Bob Kalsu
"The reason I picked Bob Kalsu is because he was a great American! I myself serve in the U.S. Military and had the privilege to serve on Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iraq. Every time I passed his plaque on the FOB I took time to read his bio. His dedication to the OU football program and the United States Military reflects great credit upon himself, OU football and the USA. I am proud to have served in the same service as Oklahoma All-American Bob Kalsu. He was truly a great role model that showed the meaning of selfless service!"
- Submitted by Robie from Skiatook, Okla.
Congratulations to Bob Kalsu
(Offensive Tackle, 1965-67, from Oklahoma City, Okla.) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for Oklahoma's Big 12 contest against Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Kalsu earned All-America honors in 1967 as an offensive tackle while helping the Sooners to a Big 8 Championship. Kalsu was selected in the eighth round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills in 1968, but his professional career was short-lived. After his first year, Kalsu was called to join the U.S. Army's highly decorated 101st Airborne Division. On July 21, 1970, he was killed by North Vietnamese mortar fire. He was the only pro football player to be killed during the Vietnam Conflict.
|| Clendon Thomas
"He qualifies as a great Sooner with his awards and accolades, including his recent selection to the College Football Hall of Fame. I had the honor of attending the same high school as Mr. Thomas, (Southeast High School in Oklahoma City). My senior year he attended our awards assembly in 1986 without being asked. I was named outstanding senior and valedictorian. Mr. Thomas went out of his way to find me afterwards to congratulate me and introduce himself. It was the highlight of the night for me, along with the academic scholarship that I was awarded from the University of Oklahoma that night."
- Submitted by Gary from Oklahoma City, Okla.
Congratulations to Clendon Thomas
(Halfback, 1955-57, from Oklahoma City, Okla.) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for Oklahoma's Top 10 clash with Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.
Thomas was a key part of Oklahoma's national championships in 1955 and 1956, leading the nation in scoring during the latter season. Also a defensive back, Thomas returned a Paul Hornung pass for a touchdown against Notre Dame in 1956. The 1957 consensus All-American and 2011 College Football Hall of Fame selection will be on Sooner Sports Game Day
on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT on FS Oklahoma to preview the game.
|| J.C. Watts
"He not only excelled as a player, he committed himself to public service as a politician and served as a minister. I admire him because when I see him on television, he is so well-spoken and is such a great role model of a former student-athlete that worked hard to get an education while excelling in athletics. He prepared for his future while at the University of Oklahoma and is a great role model for everyone."
- Submitted by Maureen from Seabrook, Texas
Congratulations to J.C. Watts (Quarterback, 1978-80, from Eufaula, Okla.) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for Oklahoma's Big 12 game against Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.
As the quarterback for Oklahoma, Watts led the Sooners to Big Eight Conference championships in 1979 and 1980, and
an overall record of 21-3. Watts helped the Sooners win consecutive Orange Bowls over Florida State, being named the Most Valuable Player in both contests. He recorded five 100-yard rushing games as a Sooner, including a career-high 139 yards vs. North Carolina in 1980. Watts is currently the chairman of J.C. Watts Companies. He served as a Member of Congress from 1994 to 2002.
|| Quinton Carter
"No former OU player I can think of exemplifies what it is to be a Sooner better than Quinton Carter. Not only was he an excellent free safety - shutting down more opponents' plays than anyone else and being a formidable last line of defense - but he also went above and beyond in community service, helping kids and veterans in need and even starting his own foundation to help even more people. And you've gotta love those dreadlocks of his! I think he would make a great choice to be on the 2012 OU ticket design."
- Submitted by Melissa from Norman, Okla.
Congratulations to Quinton Carter
(Defensive Back, 2006-10, from Las Vegas) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for Oklahoma's Big 12 opener against Kansas State on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
Carter is OU's most recent defensive All-American and was the 151st overall in school history. The first Sooner defensive back to earn All-America honors since Derrick Strait was a consensus selection in 2003, Carter was the 31st of 32 All-Americans under head coach Bob Stoops. Off the field, Carter was named to the AFCA's All-State Good Works Team based on his community service work. Carter is currently in his second season with the Denver Broncos.
|| Rocky Calmus
"His on-field greatness goes without saying. When my brother-in-law, Dennis Walsh, died very suddenly on Thanksgiving Day 2000, leaving behind my sister, Megan, and two very young sons, ages 5 and 7, our world fell apart. Rocky found out what big fans they were and came to spend the Sunday with them just after the Big 12 Championship game.
"Matt and Murphy have never forgotten his kindness that day and Murphy is now a high school lineman who tries to emulate Rocky in every way ...on the field and off. Our family will forever be in awe of how this very young man dealt with a very difficult situation with such grace and kindness. We think he truly epitomizes the Sooner spirit and should be honored as a Sooner Fan Favorite."
- Submitted by Susan from Tulsa, Okla.
Congratulations to Rocky Calmus
(Linebacker, 1998-2001, from Jenks, Okla.) featured as the Sooner Fan Favorite on the ticket for Oklahoma's home-opener against Florida A&M on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Calmus was a two-time All-American in 2000 and 2001, also winning the Dick Butkus Award as a senior. He also was a finalist for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards and still ranks fifth all-time with 431 career tackles.