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I was flexing my muscle on the internets this late last night and this morning reading up on Buckeyes of years gone by. I’m 38, so I can pretty much rattle off all the starters for OSU football since about 1994, but before that my memory starts to get foggy. By the time you get back to the 1970s, I really don’t know squat about most of the players with some obvious exceptions. I felt obliged to learn more about guys like LeBeau and Groza.
So, as I delved into venerable sources like Wikipedia, nfl-refereance.com, nfl.com, and the OSU media guide for 2012 and I started to formulate, in my head, a team of the most successful OSU players were in the NFL. (Keep in mind this is based off NFL careers and not college – sorry Troy Smith and Craig Krenzel.) I understand that it is nearly impossible to compare eras in the NFL, but based off their accomplishments I came up with this “two-deep”. Feel free to rip it to shreds and debate its worthiness. I am really just putting it out there for the sake of discussion. I would much rather talk about this than etiquette on the internets.
By the way, read up on Tom Matte, he was a badass.
M. Tomczak 1985-1999
K. Graham 1992-2001
E. George 1996-2004
T. Matte 1961-1972
R. Smith 1993-2000
K. Byars 1986-1998
P. Warfield 1964-1977
J. Galloway 1995-2010
Cris Carter 1987-2002
T. Glenn 1996-2007
R. Dudley 1996-2004
B Hartsock 2004-2012
O. Pace 1997-2009
J. Tyrer 1961-1974
J. Parker 1957-1967
K. Stringer 1995-2000
R. Sims 2006-2012
D. Shafrath 1959-1971
W. Roberts 1984-1997
T. Vogler 1979-1988
N. Mangold 2006-2012
J. Uhlenhake 1989-1997
J. Marshall 1960-1979
B. Willis 1946-1953
D. Wilkinson 1994-2006
R. Pickett 2001-2012
W. Smith 2004-2012
A. Spellman 1992-2001
M. Vrabel 1997-2010
P. Johnson 1986-1998
S. White 1972-1982
J. Houston 1960-1973
C. Spielman 1988-1997
A. Hawk 2006-2012
R. Gradishar 1974-1983
J. Laurenitis 2009-2012
D. Lebeau 1959-1972
N. Clements 2001-2012
A. Winfield 1999-2012
C. Gamble 2004-2012
S. Springs 1997-2009
D. Whitner 2006-2012
J. Tatum 1971-1980
W. White 1988-1998
L. Groza 1946-1967
M. Nugent 2005-2012
T. Tupa 1988-2004
T. Skladany 1978-1983
T. Ginn 2007-2012
S. Holmes 2006-2012
(edit for formatting issues - players in no any particular order)
This post was edited by Tripol 14 months ago
"Tonight, my butt's sore." - Mike Krzyzewski 11-29-11
Add LeCharles Bentley to C. Up until the knee injury and subsequent staph infection with the Browns he was the one of the best linemen in the NFL. He made three straight Pro Bowls and would have made a handful more if not for the career ending injury.
John Frank was an outstanding TE who cut his NFL career short to become a doctor, John Brockington was a beast for the first few years of his career until injuries slowed him and eventually pushed him out, Tom Cousineau was an overall #1 pick but played the first part of his career in the CFL before coming back to the NFL, Nail Diggs had a lengthy NFL career
Good days, bad days --- always a Buckeye. Time to begin the assault on the 2014 BCS National Championship
Jim Lache was only behind Pace as an OT.
Yeah outside Bentley, I don't disagree here... good list..
Weak weak QB listing-------were there any back in time! Otto Graham-was he a buckeye?
Love both of those guys, but look up Parker and then get back to me
Great shout out to Tom Matte, one of the great athletes/football players in OSU history, from HB to QB on the NFL
level says it all
Nice work and good list, puts a smile on this old guys face
First glance would say that the defense would be seriously badass folks good dline with outstanding back seven
Would add to the DB list Mike Sensibaugh--super bowl champ and Ray Ellis---played a long time with the Eagles and was a member of a great set of DBs at OSU
Parker was 10X All Pro
Warfield was 8X
Gradishar and Pace 7X
everyone else falls in line after these guys.
I agree. Good list. However, there are two names I would include based off performance and longevity:
Michael Jenkins - NFL starter since 2004
Malcolm Jenkins - Captain for the Saints and a Super Bowl champ.
Overall, great list though
Great list, Tripol. And, good adds from others.
Brian Baschnagel (receiver) and Doug Plank (safety) had some very productive years with da Bears.
This post was edited by SpudBuck4 14 months ago
Where is..Todd Bell..Doug Plank..Doug France..and isnt Tom Mack (Rams C) back in the day also a Buckeye???..and Matt Snell too
This post was edited by roxannereggie 14 months ago
Ron Springs (Cowboys) and Matt Snell (Jets) both did some impressive things at rb.
Tom Mack went to TSUN ...
Tom Deleone was a pretty good center for the Browns in the 70s and Pete Johnson had a few decent years as a punishing fullback.
Added: William Roberts (Giants OL in the 80s) and Chris Ward (Jets OT in the late 70s / early 80s) were pretty good. Bob Brudzinski was a decent LB in the mid 70s - mid 80s for the Rams and Dolphins.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by BeatemBucks86 14 months ago
"He simply ran out of his shoe!" Warfield on Byars - OSU 45 - ILL 38, 10/13/84
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