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A list of the best Ohio State Buckeyes of all time. Since 1890, THE Ohio State University has been one of the most storied programs in college football history. Firstly, using "the" in front of the school name has been a source of pride for most Buckeyes. The school's football team has been one of the best in the NCAA. Ohio State has won seven national championships and its players, some of the most successful in college football history, are also winners of the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious honor. Six Buckeyes have won the Heisman, including Archie Griffin, who is the only two-time winner of the award. Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman winner, is one of the greatest running backs in college history. He set a Buckeyes record when he ran for a whopping 313 yards in a single game versus Illinois. Some of the best Buckeyes players are also on the defensive side of the ball. Despite having a strong NFL career with the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills, middle linebacker Chris Spielman is one of the most beloved Buckeyes player of all time. He was a tackling machine who powered a strong Ohio State defense during the mid-to-late 80s.

Some of the best Ohio State players of all time have had their biggest games arch the school's archrival to the north: Michigan. For years, the two schools have battled it out for the Big Ten title, which used to mean a coveted berth in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day in Pasadena. The best Buckeyes have brought their best to this storied rivalry game and have provided some of the most memorable moments in the series.

This is the list of the best Ohio State Buckeyes of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Ohio State player of all time.
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1
352 92
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

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2
286 73
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Orlando Pace Tackle

3
309 84
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Eddie George Running back

4
369 102
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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5
257 76
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

6
208 67
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

7
185 63
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jack Tatum Safety, Defensive back

8
210 79
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
A. J. Hawk Linebacker

9
207 83
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ted Ginn, Jr. Wide receiver

10
163 69
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
James Laurinaitis Linebacker

11
191 88
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

12
133 65
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Joey Galloway Return specialist, Wide receiver

13
123 51
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

14
188 95
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Braxton Miller Quarterback

15
99 49
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Antoine Winfield Cornerback

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16
128 72
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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17
111 57
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cameron Heyward Defensive end

18
88 43
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

19
90 48
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

20
89 45
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Keith Byars Running back

21
146 95
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terrelle Pryor Quarterback

22
70 32
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terry Glenn Wide receiver

23
90 48
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Chris Gamble Cornerback

24
87 48
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Shawn Springs Cornerback

25
92 53
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Andy Katzenmoyer Linebacker

26
79 36
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Doss Safety, Defensive back

27
97 60
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Maurice Clarett Running back

28
74 42
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
David Boston Wide receiver

29
67 36
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tom Cousineau Linebacker

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30
79 43
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

31
64 37
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Pepper Johnson Linebacker

32
71 43
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Marshall Defensive end

33
61 37
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Randy Gradishar Linebacker

34
96 66
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Beanie Wells Running back

35
71 40
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Chic Harley Running back, End, Halfback

36
62 37
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Stillwagon Defensive tackle, Tackle

37
74 48
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Will Smith Defensive end

38
51 28
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
59 37
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Otis Running back

40
66 39
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Vic Janowicz Running back, Halfback

41
60 36
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

42
56 37
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Rex Kern Quarterback

43
55 36
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Parker Tackle, Guard

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44
56 43
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Art Schlichter Quarterback

45
17 5
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

46
45 36
Mike Sensibaugh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

47
43 34
John Hicks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
John Hicks Tackle, Guard

48
41 35
Pete Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Pete Johnson Running back

49
45 35
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

50
37 34
LeCharles Bentley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LeCharles Bentley Offensive Lineman, Guard, Center