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Prentice Gautt

Born: Feb 8, 1938

Death: Mar 17, 2005

Birthplace: Oklahoma City

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Prentice Gautt

Date of Birth : Feb 8, 1938
Date of Death : Mar 17, 2005
Birth Place : Oklahoma City

Prentice Gautt was an American football running back for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1956 to 1959. Gautt was the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma where he wore #38. When former Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship, a group of black doctors and pharmacists gave him money to attend the school. Within a year, Gautt had a scholarship and the donated money was given to another black student. Gautt then became a two-time All-Big Eight player and the 1959 Orange Bowl MVP. His senior year, he was named to the Academic All-American team. He played football professionally in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals. After the NFL, Gautt coached football at Missouri while earning his Ph.D. in psychology. He then started a career in athletics administration, first as an assistant commissioner for the Big Eight Conference and as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Gautt played high school football at Douglass High School in Oklahoma City. His senior year, he became the first black to play in the All-State game and he earned MVP honors.


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