Tony Casillas

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Tony Steven Casillas (born October 26, 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League from 1986 through 1997. While at the University of Oklahoma he helped win the 1985 NCAA National Championship. He also won the Lombardi Award in 1985 and was the 1985 UPI Lineman of the Year. In 2004 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Casillas later returned to the Cowboys in 96.

Early years

Tony Steven Casillas was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 16, 1963.

He was an All-State player for Tulsa East Central High School.

College career

On his way to becoming one of the best defensive linemen in both College and Oklahoma University history, in 1984 Casillas was named consensus first team All-American and first team All-Conference.

In 1985 he helped lead Oklahoma to their first National Championship in 10 years and became only the second Sooner ever to win the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation’s top lineman. He was named the UPI Lineman of the Year, the Big Eight Conference defensive player of the year, a consensus first team All-American and first team All-Conference. He ended his college career with 18 sacks and 213 career tackles.

He also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-American honors in 1985, and a degree in public relations.

In 2004 Casillas became the second Hispanic (his father is Mexican and his mother comes from Irish and Native American descent) to be inducted into the......
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