Terry Miller to become the fourth Cowboy in OSU’s football Ring of Honor

Terry Miller to become the fourth Cowboy in OSU’s football Ring of Honor

Terry Miller, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1977, will be honored Saturday when Oklahoma State plays host to Kansas.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Oct 13, 2023, 12:20pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Oct 13, 2023, 12:20pm CDT

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy admitted Terry Miller’s prime was a little before he started paying attention to who was doing what in college football.

But he still knows what Miller means to Oklahoma State University.

When Miller exploded for more than 1,600 rushing yards his senior season in 1977, Gundy was just 10. But Miller’s place in the record books, accolades and involvement in the community keep him close to the OSU football team. And on Saturday, Miller’s name is going permanently into the Cowboy Football Ring of Honor.

Miller will be the fourth Cowboy to have his name affixed on the west side of Boone Pickens Stadium. He joins Thurman Thomas (2020), Barry Sanders (2021) and Bob Fenimore (2022) in the Cowboy Football Ring of Honor. 

Miller played four seasons at running back for the Cowboys, from 1974-77. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and accumulated 4,582 rushing yards, second in school history behind only Thomas’ 4,595. His 46 rushing touchdowns rank second behind Sanders’ 48.

Miller finished No. 2 in Heisman Trophy voting in 1977, behind Texas’ Earl Campbell. 

“I’ve seen the highlights of (Miller), that was back in the old tear-away jersey days,” Gundy said. “He was wearing that burnt orange and they’d rip it and he’d run and his shoulder pads would be flying everywhere. He was a really good player. Really good player.”

Playing under coach Jim Stanley, Miller helped lead the Cowboys to success. OSU defeated No. 17 BYU in the 1974 Fiesta Bowl and also won the 1976 Big 8 Championship. 

In the 1976 Bedlam game, Miller ran for a 72-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Cowboys upset the Sooners in Norman 31-24. 

The Buffalo Bills selected Miller with the No. 5 pick in the 1979 NFL Draft. Miller replaced O.J. Simpson in the Bills backfield and ran for 1,060 yards his rookie season. He played four seasons in the NFL with the Bills and Seahawks. 

Miller graduated from OSU in 1978 with a business administration degree and is now a resident of Stillwater. He is active in the community and volunteers with FCA, First Christian Church and Payne County Youth Services, among other organizations.

He is also giving back to Cowboy football. Gundy said, now, Miller will stop in at practices to observe and be around the team.

“I had him talk to the team I think last spring because he finished second in the Heisman voting, there’s not many guys walking around that finished second in the Heisman voting,” Gundy said. “So, we’ve tried to bring him back and he’s been a great supporter.”

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