The Norman Transcript

May 8, 2013

Bosworth doesn’t collect enough votes


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth was on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year. However, the two-time All-American did not receive enough votes for enshrinement this year.

The announcement came Tuesday from the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bosworth was a consensus All-American in 1985 and 1986 and was given the Butkus Award, given to college football’s best linebacker, those two seasons.

“He’s certainly deserving,” former OU coach Barry Switzer said Tuesday. “He’s the only two-time Butkus Award winner, and it would have been three if he would have come back for his senior year. He was a great college football player.”

Bosworth was No. 30 on Sports Illustrated’s 1999 list of the top 100 college football players of all time.

However, Bosworth’s sharp tongue and flamboyant style made him infamous. He wore a T-shirt calling the NCAA “National Communists Against Athletes” on the sidelines of the 1987 Orange Bowl after being suspended for the game after testing positive for steroids. The stunt led to Switzer kicking Bosworth off the team and Bosworth entering the NFL supplemental draft that spring.

His autobiography, “The Boz,” was published in 1988 and contributed to Switzer’s downfall as OU’s head coach following the 1988 season.

They buried the hatchet years ago. However, Switzer, who had to wait until 2001 to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, knows he is more forgiving than the College Football Hall of Fame.

“He’ll be in there someday,” Switzer said, “but kinda like me, Boz is going to have to wait for his time. You have to pay a price, I guess.”

— John Shinn