Friday, May 23, 2008

Jack Mildren Dies

Who you say? Jack Mildren was in my humble estimation that greatest wishbone quarterback, ever. I have never seen such seamless delivery of the ball, such fluid motion. He was a genius at the position.

Jack was never able to translate his college success into the same sort of pro football achievement as there was no need for his talents in pro ball.

The Abilene Reporter-News - "While playing for the Sooners, Mildren was a 1971 All-American quarterback who spearheaded an offense that led the nation in rushing, total offense and scoring. Mildren owns the school record for passing efficiency with a rating of 207.1 during the 1970 season.

According to the University of Oklahoma's official athletics Web site, Mildren also was a star in the classroom. Mildren was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and a National Collegiate Athletic Association and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was inducted into the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1998.

He was drafted in the second round by the Baltimore Colts in 1972 and played briefly in the NFL. Mildren returned to Oklahoma, got involved in the oil business and later entered politics."

He went on to become Oklahoma's Lieutenant Governor. He was 58. Thanks Jack, for one of the greatest college football games I ever saw, I rooted for you. Oklahoma VS Nebraska. Sorry you lost Jack, Nebraska was just the team that was ahead when the clock ran out.

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