During our conversation, Mr. Owens kindly shared other good stories, including one about the 1969 Bedlam game that OU won by one point, 28 to 27. He had 55 carries, 261 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He said, “I was so tired, I wanted a substitute so I could get some rest. During the next time out, sophomore quarterback Jack Mildren asked OU offensive coordinator Barry Switzer what to do. Mildren was told (expletives deleted) to keep giving me the ball and that I could rest after the game. I had to run the ball 12 times straight. I did it because I kept looking at an OSU sign that said I did not deserve a Heisman Trophy.” Steve was elated about OU’s Bedlam win this year. None of the players had a “Steve Owens kind of game,” but they did excel in their own way.
I had to resume my mall walking, but not before Steve yelled out, “Professor, come on and see me at my office. Let’s talk some more.” I walked on, thinking, “What a good man.”
Dr. John Perry is a retired professor of biology.
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