LISTEN: Wade Burleson on Oklahoma’s Roots in the Formation of the NFL

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Avocational historian, author and preacher Wade Burleson spoke at the Woodward Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday and told the story of Oklahoma’s impact on the formation of the National Football League.


He is a native Oklahoman, born December 27, 1961 in
Oklahoma City but he spent his early years in Texas. Wade is the
direct descendant of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English
literature. Wade’s great-grandfather, John Crawford Burleson served
under George Washington and died in the Battle of Trenton in 1776.
Wade is a cousin to Rufus Columbus Burleson, first President of
Baylor University and to General Edward Burleson, Vice-President of
the Republic of Texas. Wade’s maternal grandfather, Fred Cherry, was
an All-American football player at OU.
Wade has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Holdenville and
Sheridan Road Baptist Church in Tulsa, Ok. Wade was called to be the
Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Enid. Wade has been elected twice as the
President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
He is the two-time winner of the Excellence in Broadcasting Award
from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Wade is the author of
seven books and dozens of professionally published articles. He’s also
a member of the Surratt Society, experts on the assassination of
Abraham Lincoln.
Wade was appointed by Governor Frank Keating to serve as a
regent for the Northwest Oklahoma Board of Higher Education. He
was honored by the United States Department of Justice for his work
with victim’s families during the aftermath of the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building bombing. Wade is often asked to speak to
civic groups, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations.
Wade’s wife, Rachelle Burleson, is the Chief Nursing Officer of St.
Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Wade and Rachelle have four
children and three grandchildren.

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Sean Gallagher