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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

Updated June 8, 2020 39.3k votes 3.6k voters 49.1k 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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  • 1
    Archie Griffin
    1,345
    355

    Archie Griffin

    Running back

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, United States of America

    Age66

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Bulls, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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  • 2
    Orlando Pace
    1,143
    310

    BirthplaceSandusky, Ohio

    Age44

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 3
    Eddie George
    1,198
    333

    Eddie George

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsTennessee Titans, Ohio State Buckeyes football, Dallas Cowboys

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    #1351 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#150 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 4
    Joey Bosa
    975
    246

    Joey Bosa

    DE

    Age22

    TeamsLA Chargers

  • 5
    Ezekiel Elliott
    1,163
    321

    Ezekiel Elliott

    Running back

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

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    #38 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#401 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 6
    Michael Thomas
    502
    91

    Michael Thomas

    Wide receiver

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

  • 7
    Cris Carter
    1,048
    284

    Cris Carter

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceTroy, Ohio, USA

    Age54

    TeamsMiami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    #1610 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#66 of 67 The Best Sports Personalities on ESPN

  • 8
    Chris Spielman

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    #62 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#5 of 119 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

  • 9
    Malcolm Jenkins
    671
    228

    Malcolm Jenkins

    Safety

    BirthplacePiscataway, New Jersey

    Age32

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

  • 10
    Jack Tatum
    703
    256

    Jack Tatum

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceCherryville, North Carolina

    AgeDied at 62 (1948-2010)

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 11
    Denzel Ward
    519
    155

    Denzel Ward

    Cornerback
  • 12
    Marshon Lattimore
    549
    179

    Marshon Lattimore

    Cornerback

  • 13
    Nick Bosa
    358
    74

    Nick Bosa

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

  • 14
    A. J. Hawk
    745
    284

    A. J. Hawk

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceKettering, Ohio

    Age36

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

  • 15
    Mike Vrabel
    512
    171

    Mike Vrabel

    Linebacker, Tight end

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Age45

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    #129 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#50 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 16
    Ted Ginn, Jr.
    825
    337

    Ted Ginn, Jr.

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age35

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

  • 17
    Troy Smith
    739
    289

    Troy Smith

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Age36

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Omaha Nighthawks, San Francisco 49ers, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    #60 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#7 of 28 The Biggest Heisman Busts of All Time

  • 18
    James Laurinaitis
    597
    221

    BirthplaceWayzata, Minnesota

    Age33

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Ohio State Buckeyes football

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    #42 of 110 The Best Los Angeles Rams of All Time#8 of 53 The Best Los Angeles Rams Linebackers of All Time

  • 19
    Paul Warfield
    446
    157

    Paul Warfield

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio

    Age77

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    #13 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s#43 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • 20
    217
    27

    JK Dobbins

  • 21
    Joey Galloway
    526
    207

    Joey Galloway

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBellaire, Ohio, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

  • 22
    Dwayne Haskins
    413
    142

    Dwayne Haskins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHighland Park, NJ

    Age21

    TeamsWashington Redskins

  • 23
    Braxton Miller
    711
    297

    Braxton Miller

    Quarterback

    Age27

    TeamsOhio State Buckeyes football

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    #20 of 47 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Wide Receivers Of All Time#15 of 31 The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

  • 24
    Terry Glenn
    382
    135

    Terry Glenn

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Age46

  • 25
    Keith Byars
    383
    142

    Keith Byars

    Running back

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Age56

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    #21 of 26 The Best College Running Backs of the 1970s#40 of 61 The Best NFL Players From Ohio