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Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) none, English most common Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 21st 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² 240 mi; 385 km 300 mi; 480 km 1. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ...

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Early years

Billy Sims grew up in St. Louis, but in the eighth grade he moved to Hooks, Texas to live with his grandmother. In Hooks he truly blossomed into a star. In three years of varsity football at Hooks High School, he rushed 1,128 times for 7,738 yards. Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Official website: http://stlouis. ... Hooks is a city located in Bowie County, Texas. ...


Football Career

In 1975, he was recruited to the University of Oklahoma by Barry Switzer. After injuries kept him out of the line-up for most of his freshman and half of his sophomore seasons (rushing for only 545 yards in two seasons plus one game of 1976), in his junior season he cut loose, picking up 1,762 yards on 231 carries for an amazing average of 7.6 yards per carry (160.1 yards and 10.9 points per-game) for the regular season. Including the post-season Sims had 1,896 yards, a total yardage school record that stood until 2004 when freshman Adrian Peterson tallied up 1,925. In 1978 Sims was awarded the Heisman Trophy, only the 6th junior to do so, and was the runner up the following season, in 1979. He also became the first running back in Big 8 Conference (now merged to form the Big 12 Conference) history to rush for 300-yards in three consecutive games, and had four 200-yard games in a single season. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... Barry Switzer (born October 5, 1937 in Crossett, Arkansas) is a former American football coach, in the college and professional ranks, between 1962 and 1997. ... Adrian Peterson (born March 21, 1985 in Palestine, Texas) is the University of Oklahoma running back phenom that broke all NCAA records for freshmen during the 2004/2005 football season. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... The Big Eight Conference, a former NCAA-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored American football, was formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) by its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Washington University of... The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States. ...


Billy led the Sooners to two consecutive Orange Bowl titles in three straight appearances, after losing to the University of Arkansas 31-6 in 1978, in 1979 he scored two touchdowns in 31-24 win over the University of Nebraska, and in his final game as a Sooner, helped beat Florida State University, 24-7, while rushing for 164 yards. He finished at OU with 3,813 yards, most of that coming in his final two seasons. The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in Miami, Florida. ... The University of Arkansas is a public coeducational land-grant university system, with its flagship campus in Fayetteville. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... Florida State University State University System of Florida FAMU FAU FGCU FIU FSU NCF UCF UF UNF USF UWF Florida State University, also commonly referred to as FSU or Florida State, is a comprehensive, graduate-national research university founded in 1851 and located in Tallahassee, Florida. ...


As expected Sims was the first overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He spent five years with the Detroit Lions, making the Pro Bowl in 1980, 1981, and 1982. Sims finished his career with 1131 carries for 5106 yards (4.5 yards per carry), and 186 receptions for 2072 yards (11.1 yards per catch). His career ended abruptly midway through the 1984 season when he suffered a serious knee injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... City Detroit, Michigan Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and...


Later years

After his retirement, Sims went into a downward spiral, filing for bankruptcy, a divorce from his first wife, and a 1999 conviction for assaulting his second wife. Sims moved back to Norman, Oklahoma after his first divorce, where for a short period of time, he worked in the Oklahoma athletic department. But troubles there forced him to quit. Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... Bizzell Library, University of Oklahoma Norman is a major city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. ...


Billy seems to have finally found his stride, as a vice president with AmericaCan, a non-profit organization, and as part owner of Bilyl Sims Barbecue. He still makes appearances as a former Detroit Lion and Heisman Trophy winner for sports marketing firms as well.


Trivia

  • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • A hero back home in Hooks, there is a road named Billy Sims and the local library wall is adorned with photos of Sims.

Stats
  • High School (Hooks High School 1972-74)
    • Consecutive 100-yard games: 36
    • Total 100-yard games: 38
    • Total points: 516
    • Carries-season: 441 (1973; 378 in 1974)
    • Rushing yards in a seasons: 3,080 (1973; 2,885 in 1974)
    • Career carries: 1,128
    • Total yards: 7,738
  • Collegiate
    • Two-time All-American (1978, 1979)
    • 1978 Heisman Winner
    • 1979 Heisman Runner-Up
    • Walter Camp Trophy (1978)
    • AP & UP College Player of the Year (1978)
    • Orange Bowl Hall of Fame Trophy
    • Big Eight Player of the Year (1978, 1979)
    • Career carries: 538
    • Rushing yards per-carry: 7.1
    • Total yards: 4,118 (4,041 rushing; 3,890 regular season; 3,813 rushing - 77 receiving)
    • Touchdowns: 52 (50 rushing)
    • Total point: 312 (126 in 1978, 132 in 1979)
  • NFL
    • 3-Time Pro-Bowl selection
    • 32nd - NFL All-Time Rushing Yards Per-Carry (4.515)
    • 75th, along with Calvin Hill & Don Perkins, - NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns (42)
    • 92nd - NFL All-Time Rushing Yardage (5,106)
Preceded by:
Earl Campbell
Heisman Trophy Winner
1978
Succeeded by:
Charles White

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External links

  • Billy's page @ Pro-Football Reference.com
  • Sad tale of Billy and his money from USAToday.com

  Results from FactBites:
 
Billy Sims - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (505 words)
Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back.
Sims moved back to Norman, Oklahoma after his first divorce, where for a short period of time, he worked in the Oklahoma athletic department.
Billy seems to have finally found his stride, as a vice president with AmericaCan, a non-profit organization, and as part owner of Bilyl Sims Barbecue.
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Sims was the nation's leading rusher and scorer for 1978, averaging 160.1 yards and 10.9 points.
Billy Sims set the Big Eight Conference single season rushing record of 1,762 yards on 231 carries for a phenomenal average of 7.6 yards every time he touched the ball.
Sims was the only back in the nation's top 50 to average 7.0 per carry, and became the first player in Big Eight history to rush for more than 300 yards in three straight games.
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