The Oklahoma State athletic department announced Tuesday that a “Ring of Honor” will be dedicated inside Boone Pickens Stadium before the Cowboys’ Sept. 26 game against West Virginia. Said ring will feature the names of former Cowboy legends, much like other programs such as Florida and Clemson.
Former Cowboy All-American running back Thurman Thomas will be the first player officially inducted into the Ring of Honor, with many more soon to come. Thomas was briefed on this news by wrestling coach John Smith via phone call.
Along with a ceremony honoring Thomas, Oklahoma State will be donning some 1987 Sun Bowl replica uniforms. The same uniforms worn in Thomas’ final game as a Cowboy. OSU beat West Virginia 35-33 in what some deemed the “Snow Bowl” due to the snow and chilly weather.
This news begs the question, who will be some other OSU greats honored in this ring? Barry Sanders, obviously, but who else might Oklahoma State add? Bob Fenimore and Terry Miller’s numbers are both retired by the program, so that’s a good bet. Perhaps Cowboys who achieved All-American honors will be included? Nineteen total players have been selected to All-America teams, which is perhaps too many.
Whatever criteria they decide, this is a welcome addition to Boone Pickens Stadium that showcases the legacy and tradition of Oklahoma State football. Won’t be long before statues are announced, right?
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