5 Greatest Ohio State Football Players of All Time

Jason Schandl
The greatest football players in Ohio State history include two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
The greatest football players in Ohio State history include two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the richest histories in the NCAA, ranking second among all schools with 924 wins. It's no surprise that some of the best players in college football history have been Buckeyes, but which ones stand out as the best of the best?

Here are the five best players in Ohio State history.

5. Vic Janowicz, 1949-1951

Vic Janowicz did it all in his time with the Buckeyes, playing offense, defense and special teams. Over his three seasons with Ohio State he threw for 14 touchdowns, ran for 6 and caught 1, while also serving as the kicker. In his 1950 Heisman season, Janowicz famously had one of the greatest single-game performances in school history against Iowa, with a combined 6 rushing and passing touchdowns while adding 8 extra points, accounting for 46 of Ohio State's 83 points.

4. Jack Tatum, DB, 1968-1970

While Jack Tatum was originally recruited as a running back, he moved to the defensive side of the ball before he ever took the field, and he earned a starting role as a freshman. Tatum's accolades with the Buckeyes include the national Defensive Player of the Year award in 1970 as well as two All-American nods, while he helped anchor a defense that won two national championships (1968 and 1970).

3. Eddie George, RB, 1992-1995

It took Eddie George until his junior year to earn a lead-back role, and he made the most of it, rushing for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He followed that up with an even more impressive campaign, exploding for 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground in his Heisman-winning senior season in 1995.

2. Orlando Pace, OT, 1994-1996

Orlando Pace stepped in as the Buckeye's starting left tackle in the first game of his true freshman season, and he went on to start every single game for three years. He anchored the line in front of Eddie George in those two breakout seasons, and in 1996 he even managed to finish fourth in Heisman voting, which is the highest an offensive lineman has finished since 1973.

1. Archie Griffin, RB, 1972-1975

Archie Griffin is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in NCAA history, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see him top this list. Griffin's career 5,939 yards from scrimmage are by far the most in Buckeyes history, crushing the second- and third-place marks of 5,104 and 4,410 yards.


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