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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
2
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
3
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle
4
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott Running back
5
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
6
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE
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Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
8
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
_1443311062050 added Ezekiel Elliott
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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back
10
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
11
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
12
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Malcolm Jenkins Safety
13
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Denzel Ward Cornerback
14
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

15
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
16
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker
17
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback
18
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever
19
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end
20
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
21
Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
NBAMegaMaster added Wide receiver
22
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver
23
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback
24
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back
25
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added Running back