Induction sponsored by
Brothers of Sigma Nu
Billy Vessels came out of Cleveland, Oklahoma, and led the Oklahoma Sooners to the 1950 NCAA Football National Championship. He rushed for 1072 yards, had seven 100 yard games and scored 18 touchdowns on his way to winning the 1952 Heisman Trophy, the first Sooner to win the coveted award. Vessels was the first pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, but elected to play with the Edmonton Eskimos. He played only one season in Canada, winning the Schenly Award as that country’s top professional football player. After one year in the U.S. Army, he was back with the Baltimore Colts in 1956, retiring from football the following year. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.