Football 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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1
762 211
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
2
683 189
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
3
434 85
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott
4
636 173
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle
5
611 159
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
6
811 228
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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7
395 73
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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8
434 153
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
9
387 148
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back
10
461 191
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
11
443 178
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
12
350 115
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
13
336 139
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
14
288 120
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
15
159 31
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Denzel Ward Cornerback
16
402 176
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback
17
170 38
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever
18
205 59
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

19
323 152
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added
20
403 196
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback
21
234 100
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end
22
223 101
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
23
188 79
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
24
236 118
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end
25
215 107
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback