Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Former Sooner All-American Jim Grisham dies at 69: Alabama coach Bear Bryant said Jim Grisham “is as hard a runner as we have ever seen.” Grisham was a consensus All-American in 1963 after playing both fullback and linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners. The All-State player from Olney, Texas, averaged 5.2 yards per carry over the 1962-64 seasons at OU. He finished with 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns. Grisham was drafted by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and AFL's Houston Oilers, although the three-time All-Big Eight selection never played professional football. Grisham earned an industrial engineering degree from OU in 1965 and went to work in that field. He was a North Carolina resident at the time of death at age 69. (The Oklahoman)