Former OPSU Football Great Jerry Linton Passes Away
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 02/03/06
Goodwell, OK - Fans and Friends
of Oklahoma Panhandle State University are saddened by the
death of Jerry Linton on January 28th.
A two time NAIA All-American (1961, 1962) Linton will always
be known as a fine human being as well as one of the all-time
great running backs in the state of Oklahoma.
In 1961, Linton led the country in rushing with a nine game
total of 1,270 yards. In 1962, he repeated as the national
rushing champion with 1,483 yards in ten games. A splendid
overall athlete and a very tough football performer who played
both offense AND defense, Linton rushed for 4,839 total yards
in his Aggie career (1959-1962).
In the six football seasons from 1958
through 1963, Oklahoma Panhandle State boasted three of the
top running backs in the entire country – Junior Wolf,
Linton and Jim Holder. In 2004, Wolf and Linton served as
the Grand Marshals for the OPSU Homecoming Parade and were
also honored at a special ceremony during the football game
that followed. Holder died in service of his country in Viet
Nam and Wolf is retired and living in Oregon.
To this very day, Linton’s All-America certificate hangs
in a place of honor in the trophy case in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse
on the OPSU campus. There are also two photos of “Number
47” on display, one of which pictures Linton in the way
Aggie football fans will always remember him . . . fearlessly
blasting through the line on his way to a touchdown.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University thanks the Linton family
for the honor of having Jerry Linton as a student athlete at
the school and shares in the sadness of his passing.