Oklahoma Sooner Legend: Granville Liggins

Tim BondCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

Granville Liggins was born on June 2, 1946 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


When he was younger, Granville succeeded at sports. No matter what the sport, he was exceptional.


After he graduated high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma.


While at Oklahoma from 1964 to 1967, Granville became the first Sooner athlete to became an All-American in two different sports: football (1966-67) and wrestling (1967).


Liggins played nose guard for the Sooners and was an exceptional defensive player.

In 1967, Granville finished as a two-time All-American, All-Big Eight, and UPI Lineman of the Year. He came in seventh in the Heisman race.


He was a member of the Sooner team that won the 1968 Orange Bowl, beating then No. 2 Tennessee 26-24. He was matched up against the Volunteers All-American center, Bob Johnson. And it got to the point that in the second half Tennessee had to start double- and triple-teaming Liggins in order to stop his pass rush.


Legendary Texas Longhorn coach and Oklahoma player Darrell K. Royal once said of Liggins, “He moves so fast that he looks like he is offsides.” He continues, “Many times he hits the center before the center can even get the ball to the quarterback.”


After his career with Oklahoma, Granville Liggins went on to play professional football.

He was drafted in the tenth round by the Detroit Lions (No. 256 overall). However, instead of playing for the Lions, he decided to take his talents north to Canada. His Canadian Football League career lasted 11 seasons.


He first played for the Calgary Stampeders from 1968 until 1972, earning CFL All-Star status in 1971. Next he played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1973 to 1978, where he earned CFL All-Star status again in 1976.


After his playing career ended, Granville decided to stay in Canada, eventually earning his Canadian citizenship.


In 2004, Granville was featured on the Toronto Parks and Recreation “Contributions of African Canadians” poster created for Black History Month.


He currently resides in Oakville, Ontario and is a member of The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C., and the National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.


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