College, pro football legend passes away at age 77

Harold Akin, a football legend at Oklahoma State University who also played with the San Diego Chargers, has died at the age of 77. 

The university announced his death in a press release on Thursday. An obituary indicated he had died last Friday.

A cause of death wasn’t given.

Born in McAlester, Oklahoma on Jan. 11, 1945, Akin was raised in Bethany, just northwest of Oklahoma City.

“At Bethany and Putnam City High Schools, Harold was a football, basketball, and track star,” Akin’s obituary read.

“He was selected All State in basketball, was part of the 4 x 100 State Champion team in track, and earned a scholarship in football to Oklahoma State University.”

He became the first member of his family to graduate from college after earning a scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Akin played under coach Phil Cutchin, where he was a three-year letterman at offensive tackle from 1964 to 1966.

He graduated with a degree in business.

After his three years starting at OSU, he was drafted in the third round by the Chargers, who then played in the NFL rival American Football League, in 1967.

A knee injury would end his career in 1968. However, a successful career in business awaited him.

“After football, Akin opened Carpet World in Oklahoma City – a business now known as Akin Bros. Floor Stores and run by two of his sons,” Oklahoma State noted in a press release.

Akin married his high-school sweetheart Sally during his time in Stillwater. They had four sons together, including OSU football player Zac Akin. He also has nine grandchildren.

After Sally passed away in 2012, he married Judy Schatz in 2014.

His obituary noted that with his carpet store, “Harold not only provided his sons with college educations, he and Sally were able to travel the world and enjoy special times at Lake Texoma and ‘The Little Blue House’ in Crested Butte. These special places have continued to offer many friends and families a chance to make their own precious memories.

“Carpet World also enabled many to gain work experience, second chances in life, livelihoods, and careers from family to friends to strangers, who typically then became friends, as well,” the obituary noted.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.