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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

Updated June 8, 2020 38.9k votes 3.9k voters 54.6k views83 items

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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

    Running back

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    Eddie George

    Running back

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    More Orlando Pace 

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    Cris Carter

    Wide receiver

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    Ezekiel Elliott

    Running back

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    Joey Bosa

    DE
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    Michael Thomas

    Wide receiver
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    Malcolm Jenkins

    Safety

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    Nick Bosa

    Defensive end
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    Jack Tatum

    Safety, Defensive back

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    Mike Vrabel

    Linebacker, Tight end

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    A. J. Hawk

    Linebacker

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    Denzel Ward

    Cornerback
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    Ted Ginn, Jr.

    Wide receiver

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    Marshon Lattimore

    Cornerback

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    Troy Smith

    Quarterback

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    JK Dobbins

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    Paul Warfield

    Wide receiver

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    Justin Fields

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    Joey Galloway

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

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    Terry Glenn

    Wide receiver

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    Keith Byars

    Running back

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    Braxton Miller

    Quarterback

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