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Former OSU All-American Safety Harry Cheatwood Passes Away

Oklahoma State lost one of its own.



Former Oklahoma State All-American Harry Cheatwood has died of natural causes, Oklahoma State announced Friday.

He was 73 years old.

The ex-Cowboy was once a star safety who earned first-team All-American honors in 1967 after totaling 127 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. That year he earned first-team All-Big Eight honors as well.

He tied for the team lead in interceptions in 1965, with two, and repeated in 1966 as the team leader with three. His OSU career spanned 1965-1967.

Cheatwood was one of only three All-American football players for Oklahoma State in the 1960s, joining Jon Kolb and John Ward. At the time he was just the fourth football player to ever receive All-American honors joining Bob Fenimore (1944 and 1945), Neill Armstrong (1946) and Jim Wood (1958).

The Cheatwood name became a staple of the OSU football program not only through his production but through his lineage. His son, Mark Cheatwood, joined the OSU program in the 1990s and was a three-year letterman, pulling down 40 receptions and 526 yards receiving from 1991-1994.

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