Billy Sims is an accomplished athlete and successful entrepreneur whose career highlights include numerous high school, collegiate and professional records that still stand today. Sims’ athletic career began at Hooks, Texas where Sims’ high school football performance gained national attention. It was here that Sims’ talent as a running back began to materialize. Sims was highly recruited by many universities, but Sims would ultimately choose the University of Oklahoma.
Under the guidance of Coach Barry Switzer at the University of Oklahoma, Sims was the national leading rusher and scorer and was also the recipient of the coveted Heisman Trophy. Sims entered the NFL draft in 1980 and was the number one overall draft pick going to the Detroit Lions. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and contributed to a winning 9-7 season for the Lions versus a 2-14 season the year prior. After becoming injured, Sims ultimately retired from professional football in 1985.