The University of Oklahoma was saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Tubbs, who earned consensus football All-America honors in 1956.
Not only a great blocker, Tubbs established himself as one of the top pass defenders in the country with his three interceptions against Texas in 1955. During 1956, Tubbs was the first Sooner to receive the Walter Camp Award, given to the player of the year, and was also named Lineman of the Year by UPI.
After the Sooners soundly defeated the Maryland Terrapins in the 1956 Orange Bowl to win the national title, Miami Daily News writer Ralph Warner wrote: “Jerry Tubbs took the decision over Bob Pellegrini, the Maryland All-America, in the battle of the centers. Pellegrini was outstanding, but Tubbs was even more so with a brilliant all-around performance.”
He was the third player taken in the 1957 draft by the Chicago Bears. He became the 12th Sooner player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, 1996.
With Tubbs, the Sooners won 31 games during his 3 years at Oklahoma. Tubbs spent a majority of his NFL career as a Dallas Cowboy and after retiring from the NFL, he went on to be an assistant to Tom Landry in Dallas. He coached in 5 Super Bowls. He not only won National Championships under the great Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma, but got to play and coach at a professional level under one of the best NFL coaches of all time.
Condolences to the Tubbs family.