Ohio State Football All-Century Team

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The Ohio State Football All-Century Team was chosen in early 2000 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. It was selected to honor the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes football players of the 20th century. No effort was made to distinguish a first team or second team, the organization instead choosing only to select an 80-man roster and a five-man coaching staff.

Members selected to the team were honored at a banquet on February 19, 2000. Living members of the team elected all-century captains and an all-century Most Valuable Player. As captains they chose Archie Griffin and Rex Kern on offense, and Chris Spielman and Jack Tatum on defense. Archie Griffin was selected as MVP.

The selected team[edit]

Position Name Years lettering CFHoF?* VOHoF?*
Quarterback Joe Germaine 1996–98 no no
Rex Kern (c) 1968–70 2007 1978
Art Schlichter 1978–81 no no
Don Scott 1938–40 no 1988
Fullback John Brockington 1968–70 no 2002
Ollie Cline 1944–46 no 2000
Bob Ferguson 1959–61 1996 1987
Pete Johnson 1973–76 no 2007
Jim Otis 1967–69 no 1996
Halfback Keith Byars 1982–85 no 2000
Howard "Hopalong" Cassady 1952–55 1979 1977
Eddie George 1992–95 no 2006
Archie Griffin (c) 1972–75 1986 1981
Chic Harley 1916–17, 1919 1951 1977
Les Horvath 1940–42, 1944 1969 1977
Vic Janowicz 1949–51 1976 1977
Gaylord Stinchcomb 1917, 1919–20 1973 1978
Wide Receiver David Boston 1996–98 no no
Cris Carter 1984–86 no 2003
Doug Donley 1977–80 no no
Joey Galloway 1991, 1993–94 no no
Terry Glenn 1993–95 no no
Paul Warfield 1961–63 no 1979
Tight End Wes Fesler 1928–30 1954 1977
John Frank 1980–83 no 1998
Esco Sarkkinen 1937–39 no 1980
Bob Shaw 1941–42 no 1996
Merle Wendt 1934–36 no 1981
Jan White 1968–70 no 1988
Center Tom DeLeone 1969–71 no 2002
Gomer Jones 1934–35 1978 1978
Steve Myers 1972–74 no 2004
Offensive Guard Warren Amling 1944–46 1984 1981
Lindell Houston 1941–42 no 1991
Iolas Huffman 1918–21 no 1980
Jim Lachey 1981–84 no 1999
Jim Parker 1954–56 1974 1977
Gust Zarnas 1935–37 1975 1978
Offensive Tackle John Hicks 1970, 1972–73 2001 1985
Jim Marshall 1956–57 no 1978
Orlando Pace 1994–96 no no
Kurt Schumacher 1972–74 no 2005
Korey Stringer 1992–94 no 2003
Chris Ward 1974–77 no 1989
Defensive End Bob Brudzinski 1973–76 no 1993
Van DeCree 1972–74 no 1990
Dean Dugger 1952–54 no 1995
Jim Houston 1957–59 2005 1979
Matt Snell 1961–63 no no
Mike Vrabel 1993–96 no no
Defensive Lineman Aaron Brown 1974–77 no no
Chuck Csuri 1941, 1942, 1946 no 1993
Pete Cusick 1972–74 no no
Jerome Foster 1979–82 no no
Jim Stillwagon 1968–70 1991 1979
Dan Wilkinson 1992–93 no no
Bill Willis 1942–44 1971 1977
Linebacker Tom Cousineau 1975–78 no 1995
Randy Gradishar 1971–73 1998 1983
Pepper Johnson 1982–85 no 2001
Andy Katzenmoyer 1996–98 no no
Ike Kelley 1963–65 no 1983
Marcus Marek 1979–82 no 1999
Chris Spielman (c) 1984–87 2009 2000
Steve Tovar 1989–92 no 2001
Defensive Back Arnie Chonko 1962–64 no 1982
Neal Colzie 1972–75 no no
Tim Fox 1972–75 no 1998
Ray Griffin 1974–77 no no
Mike Sensibaugh 1968–70 no 1997
Shawn Springs 1994–96 no no
Jack Tatum (c) 1968–70 2004 1981
Antoine Winfield 1995–98 no no
Punter Brent Bartholomew 1995–98 no no
Tom Skladany 1973–76 no 1991
Tom Tupa 1984–87 no no
Kicker Vlade Janakievski 1977–80 no 2004
Rich Spangler 1982–85 no no
Tim Williams 1990–93 no no
Head Coach Paul Brown 1941–1943 no 1991
Earle Bruce 1979–1987 2002 2004
John Cooper 1988–2000 2008 no
Woody Hayes 1951–1978 1983 1978
John Wilce 1913–1928 1954 1977

Table notes[edit]

* CFHoF? notes whether the person has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame; VOHoF? notes whether the person has been inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.
(c) – All-Century captains

Notes regarding selections[edit]

  • Players lettering before 1960 could have been selected for either offensive or defensive positions. Selecting Jim Marshall as an offensive tackle was ironic, given that he played professionally for 20 years as a defensive lineman, primarily with the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Paul Warfield was a halfback for the Buckeyes in 1961 and 1962, and a tight end in 1963. He was selected here as a wide receiver, the position he played professionally with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.
  • Les Horvath was a halfback in 1940, 1941 and 1942, and a quarterback in his Heisman-trophy winning season of 1944. He was selected here as a halfback.

References[edit]

  • Tim May, Columbus Dispatch, "Touchdown Club Chooses Griffin as All-Century MVP," Sunday, February 20, 2000