University officials, coaches, athletes and more share their thoughts on the news.
Oklahoma State alumnus and mega-booster Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. died Wednesday at his home in Dallas. He was 91 years old.
Here’s how the OSU community and sports world reacted to the news:
All of us in the @okstate family are deeply saddened by the passing of @boonepickens. At the same time, we join in celebrating his incredible life. He was the ultimate Cowboy – https://t.co/7fBLhNbbBQ #okstate #RememberingBoone pic.twitter.com/Vy5ZK2kwHB
— Burns Hargis (@burnshargis) September 11, 2019
— Oklahoma State Athletics (@OSUAthletics) September 11, 2019
Rest In Peace, Mr. Pickens. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Oklahoma State, Stillwater, and so many others. https://t.co/SmYNfam18E
— Mayor Will Joyce (@stillwaterwill) September 11, 2019
Mr. Pickens is a big part of our success and we’re all thankful for the lasting impact he’s had on Oklahoma State. It would have been difficult for us to climb as high as we have without him. He’ll be missed, but his legacy here will live on for a long time to come. pic.twitter.com/1jYVwBcHo0
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 11, 2019
Sad day for the Cowboy Family. Thank you Mr. Pickens for your vision, passion, and love for Oklahoma State University. Your impact will last forever. My condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/kUroJMMAFC
— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) September 11, 2019
The most loyal Cowboy in the Posse. Rest Easy Mr. Pickens https://t.co/OZwvaEfYHI
— Josh Langley (@OkStateCoachJL) September 11, 2019
Former OSU athletes/coaches
Boone Pickens was a man who impacted the lives of so many people in a profound way, including me. He was a friend and his gentle spirit, kindness, and generosity will never be forgotten. Rest easy, Boone. pic.twitter.com/JPv9XrH2ul
— Les Miles (@CoachLesMiles) September 11, 2019
Had the amazing opportunity to meet @boonepickens this past offseason. Incredible moments I’ll cherish forever. His generous contributions to Oklahoma State helped change our trajectory as a program and for that we will always be thankful! #RIPBoone https://t.co/FK9pSdLwNF
— Blake Jarwin (@Jaws_47) September 11, 2019
— Pay Me in Bitcoin (@RussellOkung) September 11, 2019
Rest Easy. Your charitable donations did not go unnoticed! You helped a lot of people on this earth! https://t.co/w01FTSzVQU
— Tyler Patmon (@Lion_hearted_26) September 11, 2019
Thank you for everything, Mr. Pickens. Rest In Peace https://t.co/YJgudl1mv4
— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) September 11, 2019
Thank you, Boone Pickens, for your impact on countless families, organizations, and communities.
No matter when you would have passed, it would have been too soon.
The legacy that you left behind will stand the test of time.
Rest easy. pic.twitter.com/usxG0fI9Gm
— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) September 11, 2019
— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) September 11, 2019
— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) September 11, 2019
We knew it was only a matter of time, but it’s still shocking none the less.
Dude leaves a huge wake.
— Hope is Undefeated (@RobertW_OkSt) September 11, 2019
Not just football, the entire #okstate athletic department wouldn’t be what it is today without his dedication and commitment. RIP Boone Pickens.
— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) September 11, 2019
— Joel Penfield (@jtpenfield) September 11, 2019
Thanks for everything. RIP. https://t.co/RYfcpUperc
— Taylor Miller (@taylormillerUSA) September 11, 2019
RIP Boone. Appreciate everything you did for Oklahoma State https://t.co/a0RnXNxPtV
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 11, 2019
T. Boone was the epitome of Loyal & True. What an amazing life and what an amazing legacy to have left behind. We are all so proud to be Cowboys, today and everyday. Thank you, T. Boone.
— Lauren Blackwell (@Lo_Blackwell) September 11, 2019
Never walked away after interviewing or being around Boone where I didn’t shake my head in amazement & have a smile on my face. It is as safe as safe can be … that there’ll never be another like Boone Pickens. Unfortunately. RIP @okstate @news9 https://t.co/UYanLxIh3T
— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) September 11, 2019
In 2007, I was trash talking Oklahoma State when T. Boone Pickens he asked me if wanted to bet against his Cowboys. They were 1-2. Texas Tech was a 5.5 pt fav and was 3-0. OSU won 49-45. He then said I had to pay up. His request? A $10 donation to a local children’s hospital. pic.twitter.com/fTGBipXg7u
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 11, 2019
One of those titans who seemed like he’d live forever. Had as big an impact on Oklahoma State as any mega booster anywhere. RIP. https://t.co/b4SzsAHzJD
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 11, 2019
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