Former Oklahoma State football star Terry Miller will officially join the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022, as announced by the National Football Federation on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.
Miller is joined by 17 other players, all fellow first-team All-Americans, and three coaches.
Oklahoma State issued a nice Terry Miller highlight reel after Monday’s announcement:
It’s a well deserved honor for Miller, who finished fourth place in the voting for the 1977 Heisman Trophy. Texas’ Earl Campbell ended up winning that year’s award after leading the Longhorns to an undefeated 11-0 regular season.
Miller is the only OSU running back to compile three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He finished as a first-team All-American in both 1976 and 1977 and was the Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year in both seasons as well. In those two years combined, Miller rushed for 3,394 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
Terry Miller’s inclusion in the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class gives Oklahoma State football its fourth running back to be enshrined.
Powered by Miller, the 1976 Cowboys won a share of the Big Eight conference title after defeating Oklahoma in Norman, including ending the season with a Citrus Bowl win against BYU.
When Miller finished his collegiate career in Stillwater, he ranked fourth all-time in NCAA career rushing yards.
Miller’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame now gives OSU seven players who received such honors, as Coach Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Bob Fenimore, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, coach Jimmy Johnson, and Leslie O’Neal are already honored.
The Columbus, Ga. native, who is now 66 years old, ranks second all-time among OSU rushers in terms of career yards (4,754) — behind only Thurman Thomas. He now resides in Stillwater with his family.
The only player during the Mike Gundy era to come within 1,000 yards of Miller’s and Thomas’ career rushing marks is Kendall Hunter, who played at OSU from 2007 to 2010 and finished his Cowboy career with 4,181 rushing yards.
The honor for Miller is significant for OSU as a reputed “Tailback U” — the Cowboys will now have four running backs enshrined in the Hall of Fame.