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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

Updated June 8, 2020 38.8k votes 3.9k voters 55.1k 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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    Braxton Miller

    Quarterback

    Age27

    TeamsOhio State Buckeyes football

  • 27
    449
    124

    Michael Thomas

    Wide Reciever

    BirthplaceMarch 3, 1993, Angeles, CA

    Age24

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    114

    Howard Cassady

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Age86

  • 29
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    192

    J.T. Barrett

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    383
    156

    BirthplaceKettering, Ohio

    Age42

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 31
    346
    130

    Chris Gamble

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Age37

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

  • 32
    420
    173

    Dwayne Haskins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHighland Park, NJ

    Age21

    TeamsWashington Redskins

  • 33
    405
    165

    Cameron Heyward

    Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age31

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    Santonio Holmes

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBelle Glade, Florida, United States of America

    Age36

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 35
    309
    134

    Shawn Springs

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, Virginia

    Age45

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 36
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    Carlos Hyde

    Running back

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age29

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars

  • 37
    309
    116

    Mike Doss

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio

    Age39

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    98

    Randy Gradishar

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio

    Age68

    TeamsDenver Broncos

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    Terrelle Pryor

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceJeannette, Pennsylvania

    Age31

    TeamsOakland Raiders

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    #65 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#22 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL

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    280
    117

    David Boston

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceHumble, Texas

    Age42

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Toronto Argonauts, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers

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    100

    Pepper Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Age56

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    100

    Will Smith

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Age39

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

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    Beanie Wells

    Running back

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Age32

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    199
    91

    Vic Janowicz

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceElyria, Ohio

    AgeDec. at 66 (1930-1996)

  • 45
    250
    100

    Jim Marshall

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky

    Age82

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    #201 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#5 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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    83

    Les Horvath

    Running back, Quarterback

    BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana

    AgeDec. at 74 (1921-1995)

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    410
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    Maurice Clarett

    Running back

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    Age36

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Omaha Nighthawks, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    97

    Dan Wilkinson

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Age47

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    Chic Harley

    Running back, End

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    AgeDec. at 80 (1894-1974)

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