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2014 College Football Hall of Fame snubs Brian Bosworth again

Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma Sooners
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Can making poor decisions while in college be held against someone for the rest of their life? In the case of Brian Bosworth, it just might be a fact of life. According to on Thursday, former Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth was passed over once again for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bosworth was one of the most dominating linebackers in college football history. He is the only player to ever with the Butkis Award twice, an honor going to the top linebacker in college football. He was a two-time consensus All-American. Bosworth was an Academic All-American and was named to the All-Big 8 team all three years of his college career. Sports Illustrated named him on their All-Century team, one of only nine linebackers to make the list.

However, it was his antics that has likely kept the College Football Hall of Fame voters from adding him. He was one of three Oklahoma Sooners players banned from planning in the 1987 Orange Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks. All three players tested positive for steroids. Bosworth accompanied the team out to the field for the game anyway wearing an NCAA shirt, which said it means “National Communists Against Athletes.”

That was the last straw for head coach Barry Switzer who told Bosworth he had to leave the program. Bosworth, who actually graduated early with his degree, went to the supplemental draft and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks. Later, Bosworth wrote an autobiography where he blew the whistle on a number of illegal happenings at OU. While some rejected his claims, the NCAA found many to be true and Barry Switzer was forced to resign.

That life off the field, and the actions of a rebellious college student, has probably kept Bosworth out of the College Football Hall of Fame. Since that time, Bosworth has worked with a number of charities and local churches in the area. He has become a model citizen, but sadly, his actions as a college kid has served as his undoing. The biggest names in the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Thomas, Sterling Sharpe and Willie Roaf.

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