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Three Sooners Honored at NFF Awards Dinner

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Three people with ties to the University of Oklahoma were honored on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione was given the John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration.

OU senior center Gabe Ikard was one of 16 honored as NFF National Scholar-Athletes, and will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Former Sooner linebacker Rod Shoate was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Shoate was a three-time All-American at OU from 1972 to ’74, and was a two-time Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.

Shoate died in 1999, and his older sister Charlotte Gordon accepted the honor on his behalf.

OU now has 20 players and five coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, more than any other Big 12 school.