At Hooks High School (1972-74) Billy Sims rushed around, through and over opposing defenses for 7,733 career yards. He was voted All-State twice and also made the All-Southern and Prep All-America teams as a senior. The 6'0, 205 lb. halfback continued his remarkable career at the University of Oklahoma. He holds the Sooners' record for career rushing yards with 4,118 from 1975-1979. Sims led the Sooners to consecutive victories in the 1979 & 1980 Orange Bowls. In the 1979 rematch with Nebraska Sims scored two touchdowns and had 134 yards rushing in the 31-24 victory. Against Florida State in the 1980 Orange Bowl he gained 164 yards with a touchdown. Sims was a two-time consensus All-American, and won the 1978 Heisman Trophy as a junior. During his Heisman Trophy campaign he led the nation in rushing (1,762 yards) and scoring (20 touchdowns). Sims was the first pick taken in the 1980 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He was named 1980 Rookie of the Year and made the All-NFL team three times (1980-1982). Unfortunately Sims' career with the Detroit Lions (1980-1984) was shortened by a severe knee injury in 1984. He had 42 career touchdowns and retired as Detroit's all-time leading rusher with 5,106 yards. He is a member of the Michigan and Oklahoma Sports Halls of Fame and in 1995 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Sims owns two barbecue restaurants in Oklahoma and currently works as the Vice President of Expansion and Community Development for Texans Can! Academies in Dallas. Sims is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2006.

Billy Sims

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