STILLWATER, Okla. — In 1945, Oklahoma State was known as Oklahoma A&M. The athletic nickname was “Aggies.” The star of the football team that season was nicknamed the “Blond Bomber.”
Bob Fenimore, a blond-haired standout from Woodward, excelled in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams. He became the Aggies’ first All-American the season before, and he earned the consensus accolade two straight years at that.
Fenimore, the No. 1 draft pick of the 1947 NFL draft, died Wednesday at his Stillwater home, Oklahoma State announced. He was 84.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
“Bob Fenimore will never be forgotten,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said in a release. “He may have been the most dominant player in America during his years in Stillwater. He is still listed in our record books (more than) 60 years after he played. He truly is a legend.”
Fenimore led the nation with 1,758 total yards and was third in rushing with 899, while leading the Aggies to an 8-1 record and a 34-0 win over TCU in the Cotton Bowl. Fenimore, a tailback, ran for two touchdowns and 63 yards, completed 6-of-13 passes for 136 yards and punted five times for a 28.8-yard average.
In 1987, Fenimore told a newspaper that the Aggies’ game at Tulsa on Oct. 28, 1944, was the one that “put OSU on the map, so to speak.” It was A&M’s only Missouri Valley Conference game of the season, and A&M won 46-40.
“We hadn’t gotten a whole lot of national recognition up until that point,” Fenimore said. “We hadn’t played anyone of Tulsa’s caliber. That’s when we found out we had a few guys who could play. We didn’t have a lot of depth, but we had 15 or 16 guys who really liked to play football.”