Ex-Sooner Jerry Tubbs dies at 77

Updated: June 15, 2012, 6:19 PM ET
By Jake Trotter | SoonerNation

Jerry Tubbs, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1956, died at the age of 77 on Friday.

Tubbs was one of Bud Wilkinson's best players during OU's famed 47-game winning streak. In 1955, he picked off Texas three times while leading the Sooners to a 20-0 victory. The three interceptions remain an OU-Texas record.

"Every time I looked, there he was with the ball in his arms," Wilkinson said of Tubbs afterward. "That was the single greatest game ever played by an Oklahoma defender. I have never seen anything like it, nor will I ever see anything like it again."

The following year, Tubbs and the Sooners handed Texas another shutout, rolling 45-0 on the way to a second consecutive national championship.

Despite playing center and middle linebacker, Tubbs finished fourth in the Heisman voting, behind teammate Tommy McDonald, Tennessee's John Majors and winner Paul Hornung of Notre Dame.

Tubbs and McDonald, who split the regional vote, led OU to a 40-0 rout of Hornung's Irish that same year. Tubbs also became the first Sooner to win the prestigious Walter Camp Award as college football's outstanding player of the year.

Tubbs never lost a game during his OU career, and only lost three times at Breckenridge (Texas) High School.

After his sterling college career, Tubbs became the 10th overall selection of the Chicago Cardinals in the 1957 NFL draft.