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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time 

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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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Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 64

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Bulls, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Tennessee Titans, Ohio State Buckeyes football, Dallas Cowboys

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#1,467 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time #27 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #212 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle from Sandusky, Ohio

Age: 43

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver from Troy, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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#2,095 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #67 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #5 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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

Age: 53

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety and Defensive back from Cherryville, North Carolina

Age: Died at 62 (1948-2010)

Teams: Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa

Age: 22

Teams: LA Chargers

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

Age: 30

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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#326 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #27 of 59 The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time #14 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

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A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker from Kettering, Ohio

Age: 31

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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#443 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #233 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #111 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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

Age: 34

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Omaha Nighthawks, San Francisco 49ers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Malcolm Jenkins Safety from Piscataway, New Jersey

Age: 31

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker from Wayzata, Minnesota

Age: 29

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Joey Galloway Return specialist and Wide receiver from Bellaire, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, + more

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Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

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Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
NBAMegaMaster added

Teams: New Orleans Saints

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Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker and Tight end from Akron, Ohio

Age: 40

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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#1,145 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #153 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #52 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Denzel Ward
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Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker from Kettering, Ohio

Age: 38

Teams: New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback from Akron, Ohio

Age: 38

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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#541 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #327 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #15 of 138 The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time

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Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terry Glenn Wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio

Age: 41

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Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cameron Heyward Defensive end from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 29

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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