A decorated Marine who helped establish Oklahoma as a football power has died in Atlanta at age 85.



The son of Norman McNabb — Scott McNabb — says McNabb died Wednesday in Atlanta.



A decorated Marine who helped establish Oklahoma as a football power has died in Atlanta at age 85.

The son of Norman McNabb — Scott McNabb — says McNabb died Wednesday in Atlanta.

McNabb fought in Saipan and Iwo Jima during World War II before enrolling at OU in 1946.

He started at left guard on the 11-0 1949 Sooner team and was a senior co-captain of OU's 1950 national championship team.

He later helped coach the OU freshman team, ran a sporting-goods store in Norman then returned to OU for his doctoral degree. He eventually became president of Carl Albert Junior College in Poteau before working as a marketing executive for Tulsa

He moved to Atlanta about five years ago where his son lives.


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