Reuben Charles Gant was born on April 12, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reuben was a standout athlete from an early age, often having to prove his age in baseball with a birth certificate. He excelled in football, basketball, and track at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School. While at Booker T. Washington the team won the football state championship three years in a row and never lost to an Oklahoma team. He chose to play college football at Oklahoma State University after being recruited by many colleges. A successful three-year career with the Cowboys, led to a first round draft choice (eighteenth overall) in the 1974 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. O. J. Simpson was his teammate for seven years while Reuben played as wide receiver and tight end. He retired in 1980. For many years Reuben was President of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce in Tulsa.
Interview with Reuben Gant
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: June 16, 2010
Date Published: September 25, 2015
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Princeton, Stanford, O. J. Simpson, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Football, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Lou Sabin, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions, Barrack Obama, 1921 Race Riot, John Hope Franklin, Greenwood District, Black Wall Street, Booker T. Washington