The Moore American


August 7, 2013

New HOF class an eclectic group



Of the seven newest members to be inducted into the hall of fame, three of them enter after their death. They included Harris, Gutowsky and Ward.

Oklahoma Heisman trophy winner Steve Owens presented Ward into the Hall. Even though the two played on opposing teams and were bitter rivals, Owens said they became good friends.

“I used to tell John he would have made a great Sooner,” Owens said. “He used to tell me I would be an average Cowboy. We had that kind of relationship. We played for different schools, but had so much respect for each other. I am thankful to be here.”

Bennett was introduced by NBA legend Bill Russell and Self, an Edmond native, had his father present him.

Comaneci, who won an Olympic gold medal, talked about coming from Romania and settling in Oklahoma after marrying former Sooner gymnast Bart Conner.

“Back then people asked why would I settle in Oklahoma,” Comaneci said. “Now they say “Go Thunder.”

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