Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Clendon Thomas

Clendon Thomas

Details

  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Oklahoma
  • High School: Southeast HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Years: 1955-1957
  • Inducted: 2011
  • Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Date of Birth: Dec 28, 1935
  • Jersey Number: 35
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 188

Member Biography

As an Oklahoma City kid during the Dust Bowl days, Clendon Thomas achieved his dream of playing football for the Oklahoma Sooners. �I got to do what I dreamed about doing,� Thomas said about his football experience at Oklahoma. Thomas played on undefeated, national title winning teams his sophomore and junior years in 1955 and 1956. Those teams won 47 straight games through the 1957 season, which is still the longest major college football winning streak in history. Thomas states that the team�s success should be accredited to the coaching skills Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson. The 19th Sooner to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Thomas was the nation�s leading scorer in 1956 as a junior registering 18 touchdowns. Thomas� college record was 31-1. In total, Thomas accumulated 2,156 rushing yards in his three seasons, never averaging less than 6.3 yards per attempt. His all-purpose yardage was spectacular. He gained 3,209 yards and scored 36 touchdowns on 355 touches by rushing, receiving, and returning punts, kicks, and interceptions. He averaged nine yards every time he touched the ball and scored once every ten plays. Clendon was a second round selection as a defensive back in the 1958 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played 11 seasons with the Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing in 137 games with 27 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. He appeared in the 1963 Pro Bowl and was named a Second Team All-Pro three times. Thomas is now the founding president of Putnam City Schools Foundation and served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes� national board of directors.