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Barry Switzer: Living the good life

5/19/2007 - NFL

Throughout the offseason, we'll catch up with former NFL players and coaches to find out what they have been up to since leaving the game.

Barry Switzer enjoyed a triumphant career which spanned four decades. He spent a total of 32 seasons patrolling the sidelines in the college and professional ranks. While his methods were sometimes questioned, few could argue with the results.

His greatest success, unquestionably, came at the University of Oklahoma, as Switzer led the Sooners to three national championships (1974, 1975, 1985) and posted the fourth-best winning percentage (.837) in college football history.

Today, he resides in Norman, Okla., with his wife, Becky, three children, two stepchildren and six grandchildren. While his wife runs a talent agency that specializes in providing celebrity guests or motivational speakers for special events, Switzer devotes his time to various business interests, including diagnostic imaging centers, rural venture capital funds, oil and gas development and real estate.

"I've been self-employed since I left football," Switzer said. "I just follow my various investments and hope more of them turn out good than bad. So far, that has definitely been the case."

He also remains connected to the Oklahoma program. Switzer has been invited to speak to fathers and students during "Dad's Weekend," and the building on campus that houses all the Sooners' football memorabilia is named the Barry Switzer Center.

Of course, Switzer also etched his name in the NFL history books, leading the Cowboys to victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. He became only the second coach to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. The other, ironically, was Jimmy Johnson, whom Switzer had replaced in Dallas in 1994.

After compiling a 45-26 record in four seasons with the Cowboys, Switzer decided to call it quits on a remarkable career, but is still willing to lend a helping hand to owner Jerry Jones.

"Jerry calls me every now and then and asks me to take a look at film of a running back," Switzer said. "I guess because we had so many No. 1 picks."

He also served as a pregame analyst for Fox television's coverage of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Who better to provide insight on how to win a big game?

-- David Mosse