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Oklahoma football: Derland Moore dies at age 68

Derland Moore, who teamed with Raymond Hamilton and Lucious Selmon to form a ferocious 1972 Oklahoma defensive line and set the stage for future great defenses, died Thursday in Louisiana at the age of 68.

Moore spent 13 years as a New Orleans Saints defensive lineman and is in the Saints Hall of Fame.

Moore, from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, came to OU on a track scholarship. He went out for the football team and became a mainstay on Chuck Fairbanks’ teams. The 1972 Sooners posted four shutouts, including against Texas and, in the Sugar Bowl, against Penn State. Only four of 12 opponents scored a touchdown against OU.

Moore was the Saints’ second-round draft pick in 1973 and played in 170 games for New Orleans. Moore played the 1986 seasons with the New York Jets.

Moore, a 1983 Pro Bowler, was selected to the Saints’ 40th anniversary team in 2016.

Moore lived in Mandeville, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Frannie; children Michelle, Brad and Chip; and six grandchildren.

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