TU Football Greats Honored at Hall of Fame

RECORD SETTERS: Hurricane football greats and today’s TU Head Football Coach Philip Montgomery recently attended the Oklahoma sports Hall of Fame Leadership Luncheon. From left are Drew Pearson, Howard Twilley, Philip Montgomery, Jerry Rhome and Steve Largent.

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The University of Tulsa football greats – Steve Largent, Drew Pearson, Jerry Rhome and Howard Twilley, all Oklahoma Sports Hall of Famers, were special guests at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (OSHOF) Leadership Luncheon recently.

The four TU legends talked to a sellout crowd of over 360 about their playing days at TU and beyond.

Largent was an Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1994, a year earlier than his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Twilley was inducted into the OSHOF as a member of the class of 1995. Rhome received his induction in 2001, while Pearson was inducted into the OSHOF in 2008.

Rhome and Twilley were Heisman Trophy Runners-up in consecutive years – 1964 and 1965. Rhome was honored in 1964 after completing 69-percent of his passes for 2,870 yards and 32 touchdowns, while Twilley’s 1,779 receiving yards and 16 TDs garnered him runner-up honors a year later. His single-season statistics for 1965 still stand today as Tulsa records.

 Largent was a second-team All-American at Tulsa and went on to a 14-year All-Pro career with the ’s Seattle Seahawks. Pearson, an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, was named to the ’s 1970s All-Decade Team.

 Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery and a number of former TU football student-athletes attended the luncheon.

Updated 08-13-2018

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