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00:36  14 august  2019
00:36  14 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Former Oklahoma running back Mike Gaddis died Monday at the age of 50 , according to News 9's Dean Blevins. Gaddis played at OU from 1988-91 after starring at Carl Albert in Midwest City. He ran for 2,726 yards and 30 touchdowns in his Sooner career despite missing the 1990 season due to a

Oklahoma running back Mike Gaddis , center, runs past the outstretched arms of Oklahoma State defenders during the 1991 Bedlam game in Norman. The former Carl Albert High School standout ran for 203 yards on 35 carries on a rain-soaked Owen Field as the Sooners defeated the Cowboys, 21-6.

Former Oklahoma Sooners running back Mike Gaddis died Monday at the age of 50, Barry Switzer confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Switzer, the former Sooners head coach,  said he heard the news from Gaddis’ father-in-law. Switzer said he had run into Gaddis on occasion in Oklahoma City, where Gaddis had a business as an insurance agent with State Farm.

“First of all, he was a good man,” Switzer told USA TODAY Sports. “He was a good person. He was raised by good parents. When you go into the home, you know what you get when you come out of there. And when you’re a parent and you have a son who carried himself the way Mike did, you’re very fortunate to have someone be a part of your team like that. I remember his smile and his Jheri curl hair.”

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Former Oklahoma running back Mike Gaddis has died at the age of 50 . Barry Switzer, Gaddis ' college coach, confirmed to News Four. Switzer said Gaddis was "different" every time he stepped on the field. He also added that Gaddis was the best running back he ever recruited from the state

Mike Gaddis , a former Oklahoma running back who had a football career shortened by injuries, died Monday. He was 50 years old. Gaddis played for the Sooners between 1988-1991. The Carl Albert High School graduate rushed for 2,622 yards and 27 touchdowns during his career.

Switzer called Gaddis, who played at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, “the best running back I ever recruited out of the state of Oklahoma.”

Mike Gaddis, former standout Oklahoma Sooners running back, dies at 50 © Steve Helber, AP Mike Gaddis (32), who died Monday at 50, rushed for 2,622 yards over three seasons at Oklahoma.

In three seasons with the Sooners from 1988-91, Gaddis ran the ball 423 times for 2,622 yards and 27 touchdowns. He suffered a devastating knee injury against Texas in 1989 that cost him the entire 1990 season.

“I saw him make the cut in the open field against the grain to fake out a defensive back, and all of a sudden, he collapses,” Switzer said. “That was his career, right there, on that knee. That was so tragic for him. Not only did he lose the fact that he was probably going to lead the nation in rushing, he probably would’ve won the Heisman, too.”

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Mike Gaddis died Monday at the age of 50 . He and Gundy were Oklahoma teammates in 1990 and 1991. Gaddis , the running back from Carl Albert. Related Photos. University of Oklahoma running back Mike Gaddis slips around Oklahoma State 's Scott Harmon with the help of Sooner teammate

Switzer, though, remembers Gaddis’ breakout performance most. It was in a 1988 game between the No. 8 Sooners and the No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when Gaddis was a redshirt freshman.

“I laugh about this,” Switzer said. “We played Barry Sanders up there in ’88 in Oklahoma State. We won it 31-28, and everybody talks about what a great game Barry had. And he did have a great game. He rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns, but everyone forgot that I had a freshman named Mike Gaddis who had 10 less carries and ran for (213) yards, had two scores himself, and scored the first time he touched it in the game.”

On Monday evening, Oklahoma Sooners football coach Lincoln Riley posted a tribute to Gaddis on his verified Twitter account.

According to the Norman Transcript, Gaddis had battled kidney issues for several years and had received a transplant from his brother, Brent, in 2005.

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Mike Gaddis , a former Oklahoma running back who had a football career shortened by injuries, died Monday. He was 50 years old. Gaddis played for the Sooners between 1988-1991. OU's Mike Gaddis runs for a 43-yard gain during a 1989 game against Oklahoma State . Tulsa World file.

“People always say football builds character,” Switzer said. “I look at them and I say, ‘You’re full of (expletive). It don’t build character.’ There are a lot of great intangibles that come from playing the game. You learn mental toughness, physical toughness, discipline, you prepare to win, you sacrifice. You learn these intangibles that help you the rest of your life, but character is built by mothers or fathers, or a grandparent, or someone who teaches you core values in your formative years, a system of what is right and what is wrong.

“When you have a person like Mike Gaddis, who had that great core value system, that he was going to do the right thing whether anybody was watching or not, that doesn’t happen by happenstance. He carried himself with pride. You loved to be around Mike.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mike Gaddis, former standout Oklahoma Sooners running back, dies at 50

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