Hall of Fame Inductee
Making Things Better: Wes Watkins’ Legacy of Leadership
Wes Watkins was a common man who overcame personal insecurities and a speech impediment to become a powerful leader. He fought against the odds and used unexpected weapons to make a difference. His life story is a testament to the coming of age of an awkward and backward state, and the power of words kept sanctified.
John Smith led the Oklahoma State wrestling squad on a grueling schedule in 2004 in pursuit of their third consecutive national title. Kim D. Parrish was granted unprecedented access to the Cowboy program for an entire season, and wrote an intimate, revealing story of the team's historic effort. Coach Smith's journey from a slight boy from Del City to one of the greatest American athletes of the 20th century is an inspiring story of glory and heartbreak.