Friday, July 1, 2011
Bosworth tops Big 12 on 'Simply Saturday'
By David Ubben
I hope you've enjoyed our Simply Saturday list this week.
It concludes today with the top 10, but only one player from the Big 12 cracked the top 10.
Former Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth comes in at No. 6 on our all-time list of players best known for their football accomplishments in college.
Reached earlier this week by ESPN.com, Bosworth declined to be interviewed, but former Sooners Heisman winner Jason White answered a few questions this week.
Here's all the Big 12 talents who made our 50-man list.
No. 6: Brian Bosworth, LB, Oklahoma
Best known as "The Boz," the loud-mouthed linebacker sported a Mohawk and a fearsome reputation as a hitter. He won two Butkus Awards as the nation's best linebacker and is still the only player to win the award twice. A shoulder injury ended his career after just over two seasons with Seattle in the NFL. He went on to appear in several movies and was a commentator for the XFL after his career was over.
No. 34: J.C. Watts, QB, Oklahoma
He helped Barry Switzer and Oklahoma in consecutive Orange Bowls in 1980 and 1981, but eventually found success in politics, serving four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
No. 43: Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma
One of the Sooners’ other five Heisman winners, Owens racked up 17 consecutive 100-yard games and went 19th overall in the draft, but a knee injury forced him to retire after the 1974 season.
No. 45: Jason White, QB, Oklahoma
The Heisman winner took some time out for us at ESPN.com last week.
No. 49: Hart Lee Dykes, WR, Oklahoma State
He’s best known for getting four schools put on probation, but a broken kneecap ended his career early.