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Varsity vs Marine City HS on 8/27/2009 7:00:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by Roland Bell
“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.”- Bud Wilkinson
Charles Burnham "Bud" Wilkinson (April 23, 1916 – February 9, 1994) was a Hall of Fame American football coach for the University of Oklahoma.  He was also an All American football player, broadcaster, and politician.
Wilkinson's mother died when he was seven, and his father sent him to the Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota, where he excelled in five sports and graduated in 1933. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where, as a guard and quarterback helped lead the Golden Gophers to three consecutive national championships from 1934-36.  Following his graduation in 1937 with a degree in English, he led the College All-Stars to a 6-0 victory over the defending NFL champion Green Bay Packers.
In his first season of 1947, Wilkinson led Oklahoma to a 7-2-1 record and a share of the conference championship, the first of 13 consecutive Big Six/Seven/Eight conference titles. Ultimately, Wilkinson would become one of the most celebrated college coaches of all time. His teams captured national championships in 1950, 1955, and 1956, and amassed a 145-29-4 (82.6%) overall record. An ultra-organized innovator, Wilkinson would post practice schedules that were broken down to the minute.
The centerpiece of his time in Norman was a 47-game winning streak from 1953 to 1957, an NCAA Division I record that still stands today.
In choosing this article to lead off our season, I ask that each of you think about everything that has been accomplished so far with "our" program.  Your Coaches believe in each and everyone of your potential; however we know that a greater destiny is obtainable if you all work together for one common goal. 
The man above accomplished more than most could dream of in a life time, as a player, a coach, and later in the political arena. Yet his words speak to a simple truth.

Good Luck and Play Hard this Week,

Coach Bell

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