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Tommy McDonald


Thomas Franklin McDonald

Inducted 1985

Date of Birth



Roy, NM


University of Oklahoma (1954-1956)


Tom McDonald, a 5-9, 169-pounder, played at Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and later became Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson's prize halfback, scoring touchdowns in 20 of 21 games during his junior and senior seasons. In 1955, McDonald became the first Sooner to score from scrimmage in every game. Wilkinson said McDonald's enthusiasm sparked a tremendous team spirit that made the other players always put forth a little extra. McDonald was one of the rare players who loved to practice and scrimmage as much as he loved to be in on every play in the big Saturday games. McDonald was the powerhouse in the Sooner offense because of his versatility. He was a fast and shrewd runner and could throw the ball on the run in the option play, making him a double threat off the Sooners' split-T. McDonald was a first-team All-America in 1955 and 1956. He won the Maxwell Award and placed third in the Heisman vote. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles and starred as a pass receiver. McDonald, in later years won fame as a portrait painter.


Height 5'9

Weight 169

Career Highlights

  • 1956 All-Conference
  • 1956 Consensus All-America
  • 1956 Heisman - Third
  • 1956 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 1955 All-Conference
  • 1955 First Team All-America
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