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Encyclopedia > Billy Vessels
Billy Vessels
Date of birth March 22, 1931
Place of birth Flag of United States Cleveland, Oklahoma
Date of death November 17, 2001
Position(s) Halfback
College Oklahoma
NFL Draft 1953 / Round 1/ Pick 2
Career Highlights
Awards 1953 CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1952 Heisman Trophy
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1953-1955
1956
Edmonton Eskimos
Baltimore Colts
College Hall of Fame

Billy Vessels (March 22, 1931, Cleveland, Oklahoma - November 17, 2001, Coral Gables, Florida) was an outstanding college football player and winner of the 1952 Heisman trophy, as well as a professional football player with the NFL Baltimore Colts and the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos. March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Cleveland is a city located in Pawnee County, Oklahoma. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... 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. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... 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. ... The 1953 NFL Draft was held on January 22, 1953. ... The Most Outstanding Player Award is annually rewarded to the best player in the Canadian Football League. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Cleveland is a city located in Pawnee County, Oklahoma. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coral Gables is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, southwest of Miami. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ...


Vessels won the 1950 National Championship for the University of Oklahoma, scoring 15 touchdowns. In 1952 he was the Heisman Trophy winning halfback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... 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. ... The University of Oklahoma, often called OU or Oklahoma, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ...


Playing under the legendary Bud Wilkinson, he became the first of four Sooner Heisman winners, followed by Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978) and Jason White (2003). During the 1952 season he rushed for 1072 yards including seven 100 yard performances, and 17 touchdowns. These achievements led to his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Charles Burnham Bud Wilkinson (April 23, 1916 – February 9, 1994) was an American football player, coach and broadcaster. ... Statue of Steve Owens at the University of Oklahomas Heisman Park. ... Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. ... Jason White (born June 19, 1980) was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team (1999-2004). ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...


Vessels was the first pick of the Baltimore Colts in the first round of the 1953 NFL Draft, but did not join the Colts following the draft, electing instead to play with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. During his rookie season in 1953, Vessels led the CFL in rushing with 926 yards, and became the first player to win the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player. In 1956, Vessels left the CFL's Eskimos and joined the NFL's Baltimore Colts, the team that had drafted him three years prior. Unfortunately, Vessels' professional career in the NFL was cut short by a leg injury. There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... // Canadian Football News in 1953 The Canadian Rugby Union was paid in total of $20,500 by three television stations for the rights to show the Grey Cup game live. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... The Outstanding Player Award is annually rewarded to the best player in the Canadian Football League. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Later, in the 1970's, he became involved in horse breeding and served on the Florida Pari-Mutuel Commission from 1976-83, becoming its executive director. He was elected president of the National Association of State Racing Commissions in 1984 and served as director of the Florida division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering from 1987 to 1989 Parimutuel betting (from the French language: pari mutuel, mutual betting) is a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool; taxes and a house take are removed, and payoff odds are calculated by sharing the pool among all placed bets, rounded down... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In September 2003, Cleveland, Oklahoma renamed its high school football stadium "Billy Vessels Memorial Stadium" in Honor of Mr. Vessels.

Preceded by
Dick Kazmaier
Heisman Trophy Winner
1952
Succeeded by
Johnny Lattner

Dick Kazmaier played tailback for Princeton from 1949 through 1951, winning the Heisman Trophy at the end of his senior year. ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... Johnny Lattner (born October 24, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois) was a halfback for the University of Notre Dame. ...

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Across Jenkins Avenue are the athletic dorms and statues honoring Oklahoma's four Heisman Trophy winners (one statue, featuring Billy Vessels is currently on display; statues for the other three Heisman winners will go up over the next three seasons with Steve Owens's statue going up later in 2006).
Other statues on campus include several honoring the Native Americans who defined so much of Oklahoma's history and a new memorial statue on the north side of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium honoring OU students, faculty, and staff that have died in war.
By far, OU's most famous and storied athletic program is the football program, which has produced four Heisman Trophy winners, Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969, Billy Sims in 1978, and Jason White in 2003.
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