There are 91 days left in our Countdown to Kickoff, and the beat goes on as we reflect on some amazing moments and some extraordinary people that have come through the Oklahoma Sooners football program. Today’s honor goes to Dewey Selmon, who wore No. 91 as a nose guard for Barry Switzer’s ‘74 and ‘75 title-winning teams.
Two-time All-American Dewey Selmon helped the Oklahoma Sooners win two national championships in the 70's.— FloFootball (@FloFootball) May 31, 2018
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Dewey Selmon was the middle sibling of Oklahoma’s famous Selmon brothers, and what’s always distinguished him from his world-class family is his soft-spoken demeanor and cerebral approach to the game and life itself. Still, much like his brothers Lucious and Lee Roy, Dewey was a handful on the defensive line, disrupting offenses like it was a course pre-requisite.
In ‘74 and ’75, Dewey Selmon helped lead Oklahoma to back-to-back national championships, earning himself All-American status in each of those seasons. After wrapping up his college career in Norman, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Dewey in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft. The Bucs eventually moved Selmon to linebacker, and it was there that he logged six productive seasons in Tampa plus one final season in San Diego.
Even with all the success Dewey saw on the football field, his most impressive achievements undoubtedly came in the classroom. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Dewey Selmon received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, which is a testament to his natural-born brilliance and his diligent work-ethic. In 2010, Selmon was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame, cementing his legacy as the true embodiment of a student-athlete.
It’s no secret that the Selmon brothers were a special group of players and even better people, and that perfect blend is something that will never be duplicated at Oklahoma or any other program in the nation. Dewey represents an ideal for all who seek self-actualization, and his fulfillment of his potential is what will keep the memory of his contributions alive for eras to come.
Some of you may be wondering, “what happened to days 97-92?” Well, we get busy with other stuff sometimes and aren’t always able to post as often as we’d like. To make up for it this time, let’s take a look at what we would’ve covered during that time span.
92 days! - Larry Birdine
Former OU DE and Lawton Ike standout Larry Birdine was a major contributor at Oklahoma from 2003-06, but he’s perhaps best remembered for referring to USC’s offense as “average” prior to the 2005 Orange Bowl.
93 days! - Gerald McCoy and Lee Roy Selmon
Both wore No. 93 at Oklahoma. Both went on to dominate in Tampa.
94 days! - Dusty Dvoracek
Dvoracek made an immediate impact at Oklahoma while lined up next to fellow OU legend Tommie Harris. Unfortunately, he had to miss the majority of the 2004 season due to issues pertaining to alcoholism, including violent activity that resulted in a suspension. He came back strong as a redshirt senior in 2005, played for the Chicago Bears for a few years, reencountered his old demons and has since done quite well for himself in broadcasting. His story is one of redemption.
95 days! - Howard Schnellenberger’s 1995 Sooners
Most who were around at the time would prefer not to relive this, but it’s one of the more interesting (to put it lightly) chapters in the history of the program. Schnellenberger, who led Miami to its first national title and had made Louisville football relevant, led his only OU squad to a 5-5-1 record and was gone by December. The ending of the OU-Texas tie (as seen above) pretty much explains it.
96 days! - Darrell Royal’s 96-yard punt return TD
In 1948, Oklahoma standout and future Texas coaching legend Darrell Royal set the school record with a 96-yard punt return touchdown against Kansas State.
97 days! - Tommy Harris
The No. 1 DT in the 2001 class did not disappoint at Oklahoma, earning a starting spot as a true freshman, becoming a consensus All-American as a sophomore and earning unanimous All-America honors as a junior. He was then drafted in the first round by Chicago, where he was a 2006 Pro Bowler and multi-year starter. To get an idea of the type of human being we’re talking about, check out what he wrote about dealing with the loss of his late wife for The Players’ Tribune.
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