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February 20, 2014

Former member of OU backfield, Buddy Leake, dies at 80

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma running back and quarterback Buddy Leake passed away Tuesday at the age of 80.

Leake was a member of OU’s teams from 1951-54, which won four straight Big 7 Conference titles and started the historic 47-game winning streak under coach Bud Wilkinson in 1953.

Leake rushed for 27 touchdowns, threw for eight and caught two more during his four seasons at OU. He was also the Sooners’ kicker during that span and had the record for career points until Steve Owens broke it in 1969.

Leake was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1955 NFL Draft, but elected to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League for three seasons. He played Triple-A baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm system.

Leake, who was native of Memphis, Tenn., returned to Oklahoma after his football career ended. He began a long career in the insurance business and founded the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football Foundation in 1984.

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