Coach Barry Switzer needs no introduction. But if you’d like to learn more about our infamous coach, you can read all about him here:
Coach Switzer served for 16 years as head football coach at the University of Oklahoma where he brought the Sooners 3 National Championships. Then later became head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and led them to win Super Bowl XXX against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Switzer has one of the highest winning percentages of any other college football coach and is one of 3 coaches in history to win both a college football National Championship and a Super Bowl. His accomplishments in sports are nothing less than impressive.
Mr. Henry founded Sports Magazine of America in 1978. This company published team-specific magazines for several Universities including Sooners Illustrated (Oklahoma), Huskers Illustrated (Nebraska), Longhorns Illustrated (Texas), and Trojans Illustrated (USC). In 1995 he co-founded StadiaNet Sports; a company that installed and owned large-scale video displays (Sony JumboTrons) at universities including Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Alabama, just to name a few. StadiaNet produced each live game broadcast and sold all of the advertising, both static in venue, as well as video-based advertising – a proven success in college sports!
Mike Henry has worked side-by-side with Coach Switzer for over 40 years.
“Little Joe” Washington
Joe is one of the most elusive college running backs to have ever played. In 1976, he left the OU Sooners holding their rushing title at 4,071 yards. A wishbone running back, receiver, punt and kick-off returner, and often spirited blocker, he led his Sooner team to championship glory in 1974-75.
Joe is arguably one of the most complete offensive players ever to set foot on Owen Field. His 10-year NFL career was also successful, earning him playing time in a winning Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1982.
Joe was a Heisman Trophy finalist and two-time consensus All-American at OU, before being drafted fourth overall in the 1976 NFL Draft. His 10 years in the NFL included a 1979 Pro Bowl berth. As a running back in 1979 with the Baltimore Colts, he led the NFL with the most receptions (82), a tribute to his versatility.
An accomplished author, Little Joe Washington’s book, The 7 Secrets of the Silver Shoes, is an autobiographical narrative of the principles (“secrets”) that have guided his life.
Billy is known as one of the most heavily recruited athletes in the nation upon his senior year of high school. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and received playing time as a freshman in 1975. In 1978, he gained national attention by finishing the season with 1,762 rushing yards and winning the Heisman Trophy. By the end of the 1979 football season, Sims finished his career at Oklahoma as a two-time All-American.
As the first selection in the 1980 National Football League (NFL) draft, the Detroit Lions selected Sims, making him the second Heisman Trophy-winning running back from Oklahoma to join their organization. He became an immediate success, rushing for 1,303 yards in his first season which led to his unanimous selection as 1980 Rookie of the Year. Moreover, his performance transformed the Lions from the worst team in the NFL (two wins and fourteen losses) in 1979 to being a playoff team in1980.
His professional football career was cut short in the 1984 season when he sustained a serious knee injury. In only four and a half seasons of professional football, Billy Sims gained 5,106 yards. He was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1994 and to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
If you’re a fan of BBQ cuisine, you may have heard of the renowned Billy Sims BBQ. In the early 2000s, Sims and his current business partner, Jeff Jackson combined their love for great BBQ and entrepreneurial expertise to open this fast-casual food establishment. Today, they celebrate 40+ successful franchise units operating in seven states.
Thomas “Bandana Man” Lott
Thomas is one of Coach Switzer’s greatest wishbone quarterbacks. He graduated from San Antonio’s John Jay High School to become a 2½ year starter for the Sooners. He eventually became the answer to an all-time trivia question favorite – the only player to play under head coaches Switzer, Bud Wilkinson, and Chuck Fairbanks.
Lott eventually went into coaching, training young players, has authored a book for parents of young athletes called, Getting in the Game: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Athlete and is a public speaker.
Keith attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship as a tight-end where he led the Sooners to a 42-5-1 record and a national championship in 1985. He was selected three times to the All-Big Eight team and named two-time Athletic All-American. In 1988 he graduated OU with a B.A. in Communications and went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles as the thirteenth pick of the first round in the National Football League draft.
Keith was the NFC. offensive rookie of the year and the only first-year player to be selected by the NFL for the Pro Bowl. He played nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers, where he assisted the Packers to a 16-3 record and the Super Bowl XXXI win in 1996.
Before retiring from the NFL, Keith spent much of his time off of the field promoting the vision to develop an academic center that would give youth in his hometown of Little Rock hope, strong values, and academic influence. In 1992, this vision became a reality.
Keith Jackson combined his communications degree and his professional playing experience to become a broadcast analyst with TNT television, the Oklahoma Sooner football radio network, Fox Sports Network, and the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network. Today, he is a dynamic and inspirational motivational speaker speaking across the nation.
Brian “The Boz” Bosworth
Brian is known for his radical hairstyles as much as his on-field play. A strong-side inside linebacker throughout his college career, Bosworth was known for raising his level of play in big games. The winner of the first two Butkus Awards as the nation’s top college linebacker, he remains the only player to have ever won the accolade more than once. In 1985 and 1986 he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. College Football News ranked him No. 30 on its list of the “100 Greatest College Players of All-Time”. Bosworth went on to serve as a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL in 1987. He appeared in 12 games in his rookie season.
Since retiring from his football career, Bosworth has gone on to pursue an acting career where he starred in the 1991 action film Stone Cold among others. In 2001, Bosworth joined the XFL as a color commentator. Two years later, he was hired by Turner Sports as a college football studio analyst. Bosworth contributed to pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.
Most recently Brian Bosworth was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015 and makes celebrity guest appearances and is available for speaking engagements.
Terry is one of 4 Peters to play for Coach Switzer. Terry grew up in Pauls Valley Oklahoma and started his football career in highschool. He later went on to play college football under Coach Switzer at the University of Oklahoma. He started out on third string but quickly worked his way up to start as a defensive back on teams that became legends in OU history, winning two back to back national championships in 1974 and 1975.
Today, Peters still works closely with Coach Switzer on a variety of business ventures, including Coaches Cabana.
Grew up in Philadelphia, where he played highschool football and quickly attracted national attention. He was a highly sought-after recruit, but Coach Switzer won him over and he came to play at OU, where he was named Football News Freshman of the Year, second team All-American and Big Eight Conference Newcomer of the year. Deupree is recognized as the most gifted high school football player to ever play and perhaps the most highly recruited player in history. By the age of 19 he was signed by the New Orleans Breakers; joining the USFL in 1984 as one of the highest paid players in professional football. His second and final season in the USFL was short-lived after sustaining a severe knee injury in the opening game of his second season. Doctors agreed it would be the end of his career. However, after four years away from football, he decided to give the NFL a shot, an impressive goal for any athlete. He signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1990 and went on to play 15 games before being waived prior to the 1992 season.
Loren Everette “Steve” Owens
Grew up in Miami, Oklahoma before being recruited to the University of Oklahoma in 1967 to play college football. Owens quickly made fame when he won the 1969 Heisman Trophy, becoming the second Oklahoma Sooner to win the prestigious award. He became an All-American that same year and went on to play in the NFL for the Detroit Lions from 1970-1974. Owens became the first Lion to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and was selected for the Pro Bowl. Owens was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1991. He later served as the athletic director for the Oklahoma Sooners athletic program from August 1996 – March 1998.
The Selmon Brothers
Lucious II, Dewey Willis, and Lee Roy Selmon, were three of nine siblings who grew up outside of Eufaula, Oklahoma. All three brothers were recruited to play with the Oklahoma Sooners. Lucious earned All-American honors and became a three-year starter. Dewey and Lee Roy both skipped the freshman football squad to play varsity football their first season. All three brothers played for Coach Switzer together in 1973 as starters. They all were scholar athletes and all earned All-American honors, with Lucious earning his in 1973, and Lee Roy and Dewey achieving the status in 1974 and 1975, the years that Oklahoma won national championships. Lee Roy also won the Outland and Vince Lombardi trophies in 1975. At no other time in history have three brothers played together as starters AND gone on to be All-Americans.
After college Lucious played in the World Football league for the Memship Southmen then went on to become the linebackers coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Lee Roy and Dewey both went on to play professionally in the NFL. Lee Roy became the first former OU football player elected to the NFL Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1988.
The Selmon brothers are three of the most revered defensive players in OU football history. Currently, a statue of the brothers is being sculpted to appear in OU campus sometime in 2022.
Lee Roy passed away in 2011. Lucious and Dewey are known to show up at Coaches Cabana events and regale the attendees with stories of their time at OU and playing under Coach Switzer.
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