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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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Dwayne Haskins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Dwayne Haskins Quarterback
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Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cameron Heyward Defensive end
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Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
NBAMegaMaster added Wide receiver
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Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback
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J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
25snedekerr added J.T. Barrett
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Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
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Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
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Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback
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Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback
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David Boston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
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Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back
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Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback
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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end
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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
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Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
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Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
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Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
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Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback
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Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
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Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, End, Halfback
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Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback
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Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback
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Nick Bosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Bengalsfan56 added Nick Bosa
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Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard