Ohio State University has one of the nations best football programs in the nation as they have won numerous NCAA championships along with conference championships and season achievements; along with having a successful football program they have also produced some of the best football players of all time. Before they were success stories in the NFL they were beloved in Ohio State and all made major contribution to the program. Here are some of the best players that ever graced the field for the Buckeyes.
- Chris Spielman – Chris can be best described as “intense” as he raised the bar for middle linebackers during his time at Ohio State. He was voted to the All-American team back to back during his time at Ohio State and has a single-game school-record of 29 tackles that still stands. He was a key part of the defensive team that won two Big Ten Championships and twice led the team in tackles; with these defensive performances he left Ohio State the all-time leader in solo tackles (283). He completed his Ohio State career in a winning fashion as he was awarded the Lombardi Trophy.
- Eddie George – Eddie George could be considered a late bloomer as his senior year was his breakout year as he set numerous school records and received accolades. During this year he was voted the consensus first-team All-American and was awarded the Heisman Trophy. He left Ohio State second in school history in career rushing yards (3,768) and third in rushing touchdowns (44), with his best performance being a school-record 314 yard and 3 touchdown showcase against Illinois. His number 27 was retired by Ohio State and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Charles “Chic” Harley – Chic, a name he received from his hometown Chicago was one of the most outstanding football players in the early 20th century and helped the Ohio State Football program to gain national recognition. He led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Conference Championship and on their way defeated University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin-Madison, both of which were conference powerhouses. He was the first three-time All-American for Ohio State and received praise from legendary coach Fielding H. Yost after defeating his Michigan Wildcats for the first time. He passed away in 1974, he was among the first induction call of the Ohio State Varsity Hall of Fame in 1977.
- Archie Griffin – Retired professional who played football for the Buckeyes from 1972 – 75 and is a living hero among Ohio State fans. He is one of only two players to start in four Rose Bowl games and is the only back to lead the Big Ten Conference in rushing for three straight seasons. He broke the single game rushing record twice and holds a NCAA record for 31 consecutive games with at least 100 yards. Griffin cemented his place in college football history when he was awarded the Heisman in both his junior and senior year, which is a feat that hasn’t been duplicated. He is currently the president of the Ohio State Alumni Association.