Billy Sims - Former - Go Sooners Go

Billy Sims

Billy Sims - Runner Extraordinare

Think of a great Sooner running back, and one name usually tops the list - Billy Sims. Injuries in his Freshman and Sophomore seasons limited his production, but oh what a Junior season he registered! Billy averaged 160.1 yards and 10.9 points per game played in 1978, a feat which is remarakable in ANY era of college football. He became the first player to ever rush for three hundred yards in three consecutive games. For the year, he carried the ball for OU 231 times for 1,762 yards, averaging a whopping 7.6 yards per carry average. Needless to say, a season like this could not go unnoticed, and among the awards he received, he became the sixth Junior to be awarded the Heisman Trophy Award. Upon completing his Senior season in Norman, Billy was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1980, and he would serve as their primary back until a knee injury ended his career in 1984. In later years, he has become a motivational speaker, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, followed by induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.