Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!
The NFL Hall of Fame class of 2020 will be inducted into football legend less than a year from now, and there are a number of all-time greats that are eligible for consideration. One of those elite talents from the past is former Oklahoma Sooners TE Keith Jackson. You can cast him on your own personal ballot as part of this year’s fan vote.
Keith Jackson, a Little Rock, Ark. native, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 13th overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. After four years in Philly, he spent the next three with the Miami Dolphins and his final two with the Green Bay Packers, where he won the ultimate prize in Super Bowl XXXI. He would wrap up his career as a six-time Pro-Bowler, and three-time First-Team All-Pro and a one-time SB champion.
Only two former Sooners (unless you include Troy Aikman) have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lee Roy Selmon and Tommy McDonald both launched their playing careers at Oklahoma, then saw their legacies forever immortalized in Canton, Ohio.
Jackson’s chances of induction aren’t high, but you can at least say that you played your part!
Now onto today’s Hot Links! Kenneth Murray values winning over stats, Calum Sutherland is finding his groove, a true fanatic gets OBJ’s autograph tattooed onto his actual person and more!
- After each of the first three weeks of the 2019 college football season, Jalen Hurts has been the leader in ESPN’s Heisman Watch. If he continues to produce and Oklahoma continues to win for the next three quarters of this campaign, he has as good a chance as anybody at hoisting that coveted stiff-arm trophy in New York.
- Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World wrote on junior LB and team captain Kenneth Murray and his focus as the 2019 season wages on. At this point last year, K9 had more than twice as many tackles as he does now, but in this case, less is absolutely more.
- The Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber took a closer look at redshirt sophomore kicker Calum Sutherland. The Scotland native has been in the states for most of his life, and while he’s not necessarily new to the OU program, he’s finally beginning to settle into his role as a key starter.
- Baker Mayfield has undoubtedly been the catalyst that has re-ignited the Cleveland Browns fan base, and because of that, expectations are playoffs or bust. That’s okay with Mayfield, though, because he expects nothing less from himself.
- In case you missed it, Jordan Brand unveiled a new shoe made just for OU fans. The React Havocs blend retro with modernity, all outfitted with the school colors you know and love. Check out a pair for yourself before your next tailgate!
Around the Sports World
- Several ranked teams are facing legitimate challenges in week four of the 2019 college football season. The Texas Longhorns are one of such teams on upset alert with the Oklahoma State Cowboys coming to town. Which other teams are at risk of taking a tumble this weekend?
- Former Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals’ athletic association have reached a settlement after a two year legal battle. If you recall, all of this stems from Pitino’s abrupt firing after it was discovered he had multiple assistants involved in pay-for-play deals with former UL players.
- ESPN’s Chris Low put together this highly-detailed reflective piece on the wild one-year term Lane Kiffin spent as the Tennessee Vols head coach. Rocky Top wasn’t anywhere near the top in 2009, but it was particularly rocky.
- There are fans, and then there are fans. An example of the latter is this guy, who apparently is so enamored with Odell Beckham Jr., he had an autograph that the star WR signed onto his arm permanently inked into a tattoo. I can’t begin to understand why this would ever be a cool idea. Maybe I’m just a nerd.
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