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Rick Bryan earned football All-State honors at Coweta High School in 1980, was a consensus All-American at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1982 and 1983, and was named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year in 1982. He owns the school record for career tackles by a defensive lineman (365), and is OU’s eighth leading career tackler regardless of position. The Atlanta Falcons took Bryan as the ninth pick overall in the 1984 NFL draft. Bryan was the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1984, and the NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1987. Bryan retired from pro football in 1993. He died on July 25, 2009 of a heart attack.
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Called up by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, Oklahoma City native Don Demeter was sent in to pinch hit during a game with the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit a home run with his first swing in the major leagues. It was only the beginning of an eleven-season career during which he set a Major League record of 266 consecutive errorless innings, and posted a .265 batting average with 163 home runs and 564 RBI in 1,109 games played. He twice hit three home runs in one game. Demeter played with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1956), Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1958-1961), Philadelphia Phillies (1961-1963), Detroit Tigers (1964-1966), Boston Red Sox (1966-1967), and the Cleveland Indians (1967).
Pete Incaviglia came out of Pebble Beach, California, as a three-time high School baseball player of the year to attend Oklahoma State University (OSU). As a freshman he hit 23 home runs and batted .371 in leading OSU to the College World Series. In three seasons with OSU, Incaviglia recorded 100 home runs in 213 games, and had a career slugging percentage of .915. He still holds NCAA records for career home runs, as well as home runs and RBIs in a season. Incaviglia played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1986 through 1998. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993 before retiring in 1998, with lifetime totals of 206 home runs, 655 RBIs and a .246 batting average.
Michele Smith came to Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1985 from Voorhees High School in New Jersey. She earned All-American honors in 1988 and 1989, and led the nation in home runs. As a pitcher Smith is still the OSU career leader in wins (82), appearances (108), complete games (75) and innings pitched (707.1). Smith also played in the Japanese Pro League for 16 years through 2008, and was named Japan Pro League MVP nine times. Smith led Team USA to numerous gold medals in international competition, including gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics where she played as both a pitcher and designated hitter. She was inducted into the American Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
Troy Aikman moved to Henryetta, Oklahoma, when he was 12 years old and earned high school All-State honors in football and baseball. He attended the University of Oklahoma, but following his sophomore year, transferred to UCLA, where he led the Bruins to a 20-4 record and two bowl victories, earned consensus All-American honors in 1988, and won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft, Aikman took Dallas to the playoffs in 1991, earning his first of six straight Pro Bowl selections. In 1992, the Cowboys went to their first Super Bowl since 1978, and Aikman was recognized as MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. Dallas also won two of the next three Super Bowls. He retired from football in 2000, with 32,942 career yards passing, 165 touchdowns and three Super Bowl rings. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
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