Bo Bolinger

Virgilee Clinton "Bo" Bolinger (December 26, 1932 – August 5, 2011) was an American football guard who played one season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) in the thirteenth round of the 1956 NFL Draft.[1] Bolinger played college football at the University of Oklahoma and attended Central High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a consensus All-American in 1955.[2][3][4][5]

Bolinger also served as a football coach and scout for various organizations.[6]

Bo Bolinger
No. 79
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Born:December 26, 1932
Died:August 5, 2011 (aged 78)
Tempe, Arizona
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
High schoolCentral (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
NFL draft1956 / Round: 13 / Pick: 149
Drafted byChicago Cardinals
Career history
As player
1956Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards

Early years

Bolinger played football at Central High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma.[3][4] He was a member of the "B Boys" that included Kurt and Robert Burris and Max Boydston. They had all played high school football together and went on to play for the Oklahoma Sooners.[7]

College career

Bolinger was a Consensus All-American and ninth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1955.[2][8][9] He was member of the 1955 Oklahoma Sooners national championship team.[10]

Professional career

Bolinger was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL with the 149th pick in the 1956 NFL Draft.[1] He spent the 1956 season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.

Coaching career

Bolinger was head coach of the Miami High School football team in Miami, Oklahoma in 1957. He was coach of the offensive and defensive lines at the University of Denver from 1958 to 1960. He was defensive coordinator at the University of Tulsa from 1961 to 1962. He was offensive and defensive coordinator for the University of New Mexico from 1963 to 1967. Bolinger was the offensive coordinator at Utah State University in 1968. He then spent two seasons as offensive line coach of the Calgary Stampeders.[6][11]

Scouting career

Bolinger joined the Arizona Cardinals in 1971. He was Director of College Scouting from 1994 to 1997 and Senior Scout from 1998 to 2000.[11] He then served as a scout for the Tennessee Titans for eight seasons.[6][11]


  1. ^ a b "1956 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Bo Bolinger". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Tramel, Berry (August 6, 2011). "Former OU star Bo Bolinger dies". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Bo Bolinger". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ "The Kansas City Times". The Kansas City Times. November 17, 1955. p. 28. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Urban, Darren (August 8, 2011). "Bolinger Passes Away". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  7. ^ "All-American: Bo Bolinger". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ Tramel, Berry (August 10, 2011). "OU football: Remembering the Muskogee boys". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  9. ^ "1955 Heisman Trophy Voting". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  10. ^ Brooks, Kenton (August 7, 2011). "Bolinger, one of famed 'B boys,' dies in Arizona". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHY". Retrieved 17 August 2014.

External links

1954 All-Big Seven Conference football team

The 1954 All-Big Seven Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Seven Conference teams for the 1954 college football season. The selectors for the 1954 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP). Players selected as first-team honorees by both the AP and UP are displayed in bold.

1955 All-Big Seven Conference football team

The 1955 All-Big Seven Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Seven Conference teams for the 1955 college football season. The selectors for the 1955 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UP are designated in bold.

1955 College Football All-America Team

The 1955 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1955. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1955 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (3) the Associated Press, (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

1956 NFL Draft

The 1956 National Football League draft had its first three rounds held on November 28, 1955, at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and its final twenty-seven rounds on January 17–18, 1956, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe previous NFL drafts in the 1950s were held in January; the first three rounds (37 selections) were moved up this year to late November to better compete with teams from Canada.

1994 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1994 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 75th season with the National Football League, the seventh season in Arizona and the first season as the “Arizona Cardinals”. Buddy Ryan became the 32nd head coach in Cardinals history. After being given a large share of the credit for the success of the Houston Oilers in 1993, Ryan was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. Also named general manager of the Cardinals, Ryan went 8–8 his first year, the Cardinals’ first non-losing season since 1984.

The Cardinals finished the season ranked third in the NFL in total defense, although it allowed only two fewer points in 1994 than they had in 1993. An anemic offense, one which saw three quarterbacks start at least one game, held the team back. Arizona scored 89 points fewer in 1994 than it did in 1993, and it finished with a minus-32 point differential after finishing at plus-57 in 1993.

Arizona lost its first two games by a combined five points, then were shut out 32–0 by the Cleveland Browns. The Cardinals recovered to enter the final week of the season with a shot at the playoffs, but those hopes were ended by a 10–6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

1995 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1995 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 97th season, 76th season in the National Football League, the 8th in Arizona and the second as the Arizona Cardinal. Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg started in his only season with the team. The Cardinals failed to improve upon their 8–8 record from 1994 and finished 4–12, resulting in the firing of head coach Buddy Ryan and his entire staff.

1996 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1996 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 98th season, 77th season in the National Football League and the 9th in Arizona. The team improved upon their previous output of 4–12, winning seven games. Despite this improvement, the Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the fourteenth consecutive season.

The low point of the season was providing a notorious New York Jets team with its only win in front of fewer than thirty thousand people. This was the first time the Cardinals had opposed the Jets since 1978. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.This was Boomer Esiason's only season with the Cardinals as he would re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals after this season.

Bo (given name)

Bo is a mainly Swedish/Danish masculine given name, derived from an Old Norse nickname, bua, meaning "to live". A variant of Bo is the Swedish Bosse. Bo is uncommon as a surname. Bo is also short for several names, including Beaufort, Beauregard, Bonita or Bonnie.


Bolinger is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bo Bolinger (1932-2011), American football player

Dwight Bolinger (1907-1992), American linguist

Russ Bolinger (born 1954), American football player

List of Oklahoma Sooners football All-Americans

This is a list of Oklahoma Sooners college football players who were named first team All-Americans. The selecting organizations for football All-Americans that the NCAA recognizes include the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The NCAA defines consensus All-Americans as players who were accorded a majority of votes at their positions by these selectors. Unanimous All-Americans are players who were selected by all five selectors.Oklahoma has had 162 first team All-Americans in its history. 80 of these were consensus, and 35 were unanimous. OU has the most unanimous All-Americans in the history of college football.

List of Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL Draft

The University of Oklahoma Sooners football team has had 377 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. This includes 44 players taken in the first round and four number one overall picks: Lee Roy Selmon in 1976, Billy Sims in 1980, Sam Bradford in 2010, and Baker Mayfield in 2018. In the 2010 NFL Draft, Oklahoma became the only school in history to have three players selected in the first four picks of the draft.Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).Before the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.A total of 31 former Sooners have been selected to at least one Pro Bowl, 18 to more than one, and 35 former Sooners have won a league championship.

Max Boydston

Max Ray Boydston (January 22, 1932 – December 12, 1998) was a professional gridiron football end who played in the National Football League (NFL), the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the American Football League (AFL).

Muskogee High School

Muskogee High School (MHS) is a four-year public high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. It is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Muskogee High School is part of the Muskogee Independent School District No. 20 of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, more commonly known as Muskogee Public Schools.


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