Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Hall of Fame inductee: Clendon Thomas
By David Ubben
Clendon Thomas was part of the longest winning streak in college football history.
Now, he's a part of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas, a halfback, led Oklahoma in scoring in the 1956 and 1957 seasons, part of legendary Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson's 47-game winning streak.
He was an all-conference selection in 1956 and 1957, and as a senior, was a consensus All-American who finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
As part of Wilkinson's teams' winning streak, Thomas helped the Sooners win two national titles.
He was selected in the second round of the 1958 NFL draft and played for 11 years as a member of the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He scored nine touchdowns in 1957 and set the three-year scoring record for the Sooners.
At Oklahoma, he also played defensive back and intercepted a Paul Hornung pass, returning it for a touchdown.
Thomas, 75, is also a member of the Steelers Legends team.