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Where Are They Now: The National Champion 2000 Oklahoma Sooners

In just his second season as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, Bob Stoops put together an unforgettable 13-0 season, taking home the 2000 BCS National Championship in a bizarrely-scored 13-2 win over Florida State. OU won every game by an average of 22 points, and after taking over as the nation's No. 1 after knocking off top-ranked Nebraska 31-14, the Sooners never looked back. 

Stoops is still heading up the Sooners, despite some dissent within the fan base, and currently owns a 168-44 record in Norman. However, not every member of this national championship team is still in the public eye like Stoops. Who made NFL teams? How did every starter's football career proceed? How have their paths crossed since leaving Norman? Let's find out.

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QB Josh Heupel

Heupel finished as runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was signed by both the Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers, but never made a regular season roster. Heupel then got into coaching, first at Oklahoma as a graduate assistant, then at Arizona as a tight ends coach. He returned to Oklahoma in 2006 as quarterbacks coach and was eventually named co-offensive coordinator. After last season's underwhelming 8-5 campaign, he was fired. He now coaches at Utah State as an assistant.

RB Quentin Griffin

Griffin was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and started five games in his first two years in the league. After tearing his ACL at the end of 2004, he signed with the Chiefs in 2006, but was cut. Since, he has played in both Europe and Canada. Most recently, he signed with Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in Germany.

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Wide Receivers

Andre Woolfolk of the Tennessee Titans football card.


Curtis Fagan

Fagan graduated with a degree in sociology in 2003, but wasn't drafted. He eventually became a sales representative, then a district manager for Forest Laboratories. He's now at Medtronic as a regional business director. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Andre Woolfolk

Woolfolk was drafted 28th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2003 NFL Draft, and converted to cornerback at the next level. After a four-year stint with the Titans, he later played on the practice squad for the New York Jets.

Antwone Savage

Savage led the 2000 Sooners with 50 receptions and 621 yards, and finished his career with 1,931 yards and 13 touchdowns. Savage never made an NFL roster, but has been playing arena-style football since leaving OU, with stops in Spokane and Oklahoma City. Most recently, he played for his hometown Albany Panthers, who were last active in the Professional Indoor Football League in 2013. He works full time as a health/physical education teacher at Americus-Sumter High School after receiving his degree from Albany State University in 2013.

Tight End

Trent Smith

Smith was the 223rd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Smith played four seasons in the NFL, seeing all of his action for the 2005 San Francisco 49ers. He caught three passes that year for seven yards. Smith is now the owner of multiple Oklahoma City-based companies, including Sooner Medical Staffing and Sooner Technologies.

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Offensive Line

LT Frank Romero

Romero went undrafted in 2002, but latched on with the Detroit Lions for weeks 16 and 17 of that season. He now owns Frank Romero Roofing in Oklahoma City.

LG Howard Duncan

After leaving Oklahoma, Duncan latched on with the New England Patriots, but gave up professional football due to injury. He has since played multiple stints with the now defunct Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz in the Arena Football League, and according to an article by NewsOK, he works for Farmers Insurance. 

C Bubba Burcham

Burcham spent time as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, and coached high school football at Coweta High School, before resigning in December 2013. As of last January, Burcham was pursuing a full-time career in the Ministry, according to NewsOK. He runs an active Twitter feed, @BubbaBurcham.

RG Mike Skinner

After graduating from OU in 2003, Skinner became the Vice President of Tahlequah Lumber and Pryor Lumber. He has also spent seven years as the Vice Chair of Help In Crisis, a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention agency.

RT Scott Kempenich

After ending his football career, Kempenich went to Northeastern State for a Master’s degree in Education. He has climbed the ladder as a school administration, and is now the principal at Coweta High School, the same school that Burcham worked at until late 2013.

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Defensive Line

DE Cory Heinecke

Heinecke worked his way up from walk-on status to valued starter for the Sooners. He’s currently the contracts manager at Patterson UTI Drilling in the Oklahoma City area.

DT Ryan Fisher

Fisher resides in Oklahoma City and has worked as an independent consultant in the oil and energy field since 2013.

DTKory Klein

Klein started most of the season for an injured Bary Holleyman, though Holleyman returned to the lineup for the final four games. Klein has worked for the Cedar Creek Lumber Company since 2006 and is currently a sales manager.

DE Corey Callens

After his football career ended, Callens worked as a detention officer. He’s been at his alma mater since 2007, first as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and then as a defensive graduate assistant.

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Roger Steffen

A one-time walk-on, Steffen worked his way into a starting role for the Sooners. He currently serves as a district manager for the CorVel Corporation in Las Vegas.

Torrance Marshall

The Miami native was the MVP of the Orange Bowl win over Florida State and was chosen in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played in 51 games (two starts) over four seasons with the team before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons in the Arena League. He’s currently a security specialist at Yale Enforcement Services in Tampa.

Rocky Calmus

Calmus parlayed two Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year awards into a third-round selection by the Tennessee Titans in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played in 27 career games over four seasons. He currently runs his own landscaping business in Franklin, Tennessee. 

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Defensive Backs

Roy Williams Oklahoma football card.


CBDerrick Strait

A freshman starter in 2000, Strait had a decorated career wearing crimson and cream and was a third round pick of the New York Jets in the 2004 NFL Draft. He lasted just three seasons in the league, before having a brief career in the CFL. He spent a year as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma from 2012-13 and currently resides in Texas.

CBMichael Thompson

Thompson nearly died in a serious car accident just four months after the 2001 Orange Bowl. He eventually returned to the field for the Sooners, though he never regained his prior form. According to Lost Lettermen, Thompson is currently a Tulsa police officer. We were unable to independently confirm that fact.

SRoy Williams

Williams was the big name on the OU defense, and was the No. 8 overall choice of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for nine seasons, making five Pro Bowls. He was also once engaged to Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland. He’s currently the President of Global Security Corporation in Oklahoma and the co-founder of ProsForAfrica.

SJ.T. Thatcher

Thatcher went undrafted in the NFL, but spent time with the Oakland Raiders during the 2002 season. He now resides in Norman, Okla., and works for Big Red Sports/Imports, which sells new and used cars.

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K Tim Duncan

Duncan had a brief NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. His current whereabouts are unknown. He is not a five-time NBA champion, to our knowledge. Ferguson hit 15-of-24 kicks during the 2000 season, and converted 60-of-61 extra points for the Sooners, scoring 105 total points.

P Jeff Ferguson

Ferguson is currently the president of Firstar Bank in the Tulsa market. In 2000, Ferguson averaged a very solid 43.5 yards per kick, and punted 56 times on the season. He ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in yards per punt.

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