Former Oklahoma QB Mickey Ripley Has Passed Away

first_imgThe Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mickey Ripley, a former Oklahoma quarterback from the 1960s, has passed away. He was 72.Ripley reportedly suffered a pair of strokes in December. He died on Wednesday.A member of the 1966 Sooners recruiting class, Ripley spent most of his career as a backup, behind three-year starter Bobby Warmack and later All-American Jack Mildren.He did play a big role in the team’s 1968 Bluebonnet Bowl appearance, nearly leading the team to a comeback win over SMU after Warmack left due to injury.Oklahoma writer Berry Tramel wrote about Mickey Ripley’s Sooners career today, after his passing.From The Oklahoman:Ripley, an all-state quarterback from Perry High School, was Bobby Warmack’s backup on the 1968 Sooner squad and led a spirited comeback against SMU in the Bluebonnet Bowl that season. Warmack was injured in the second quarter of that game, and Ripley threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. But he was stopped shy of the goal line on a two-point conversion in the final two minutes, and a last-snap OU field goal sailed wide, allowing the Mustangs to escape with a 28-27 victory.Before his time at OU, Ripley was an all-state quarterback for Perry High School. After graduating, he went on to a Hall of Fame high school coaching career in the state.So Mickey Ripley stayed and indeed became a long-time coach, eventually being inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame after stops that included Muskogee, Perry, Bartlesville, Dumas (Texas) and Amarillo Tascosa.Ripley earned 13 letters as an athlete at Perry. His senior year, he was all-state in football and baseball, plus was a state champion wrestler.Our thoughts go out to the Ripley family, and everyone affected by his passing.[The Oklahoman]last_img

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