Being a Sooner was 'best thing,' says former OU running back

The list of accomplishments Tommy McDonald realized as a college and professional football player is nothing less.

Not only did he play his way into the College Football Hall of Fame during his days at the University of Oklahoma, but as an encore, McDonald fashioned a career in the National Football League splendid enough to earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.

McDonald's self-described "blessed" career included winning back-to-back national championships with the Sooners in 1955 and '56.

"But I think the thing I am the most proud of during my time in football is the fact I went all the way through college and never lost a game," he said recently.

McDonald was referring to the Sooners' remarkable 47-game winning streak that began on Oct. 10, 1953, and did not end until Nov. 16, 1957. Within that time frame, McDonald was a part of 31 consecutive wins.

"To be a part of that Oklahoma squad that never lost a game " that's a-w-e-s-o-m-e, baby. Just think of all the players who have ever played college football and the only ones who can say that are those few guys who played at OU during that time," said McDonald, now 73 and living in Pennsylvania. "Good things have happened to me thanks to the good Lord. "¦ Becoming a Sooner is the best thing that ever happened to me" "Jay C. Upchurch