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Many older Buckeye fans may remember him as probably
the smallest player ever to suit up for Ohio State football and actually get into a game!
His full name was Thurlow "Tad" Weed. They just called him Tad. Weed was #140 soaking wet and stood 5'5" tall. He was a plcekicker for the Buckeyes from 1953-54.
Tad Weeds biggest year with the Buckeyes was the National Championship year of 1954.
Weed made 24 of 26 extra points for the Buckeyes. In the ensuing Rose Bowl game, eventually won by the Buckeyes over USC 20-7, Weed made a critical FG in the pouring rain on a quiremire of a muddy field to give the Buckeyes an insurmountable led of 10-0.
Weed came to Ohio State our of Granview Heights High school to play football for the Buckeyes as a placekicker. As a kid of 14-15, I got to see Tad Weed kick for the S & G in the Horseshoe and was always amazed how he could kick so well and be so small.
Upon his graduation in 1955 he was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers as their kicker and went on that year to kick 12 for 12 extra points and 3 of 6 FG's. Tad only played one year in the NFL.
Tad Weed, to me has always been an example of how "size did not matter", and if your mind and heart were set on something you could do it. Weed is just another favorable key in the picture puzzle of Woody Hayes 28 career at OSU. Go Bucks!
What a name for the guy!
How big was Bob Atha? He couldn't ov been much bigger, was he...
Thad played before Weed became popular on the college campus.
I think Atha was taller than 5'5", joe1776p. Weed did not have a lot of distance in his kicks and was only 1 for 4 in his career(the Rose Bowl) while at Ohio State. as far as I could tell....this is also why his NFL career was so short. He was very accurate, however on his extra points.
The '55 Rose Bowl field was muddy. The base was sandy and several of the players went briefly to the hospital after the game because the wet sand got under their pads and rubbed them raw.
Tad Weed early on invented one of the first oversized tennis racquets. He passed away a few years ago.
Tad kicked in the days of squared toe kicking shoes and straight on kickers ala Lou Groza.
I remember Tad Weed well. Saw him kick in Ohio Stadium and also in the Rose Bowl when I was 10 years old. Woody always put a lot of emphasis on the kicking game which would make sense considering his style of ball control, field position football. I think Ohio state even had a kicking coach on staff back in Woody's day.
Yea, back in Woody's early days, the placekicker was mostly thought of as the guy who kicked the extra points and not until later did the Field Goal stragety in what is now called the Red Zone (inside/outside)get exploited with kickers who were recurited for the longer scores.
Woody had Vick Janowicz(1950-52) who had a powerfull leg prior to Tad Weed, and Don Sutherlin,(1955-57) to get him by in his first few coaching years in the 50's. As Woody got into the 60's and on, and had guys like Bob Funk, etc...the kicking game became more of the game plan
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 18 months ago
Do you remember a player from 1957--1960 named Jim Lindner? Pretty sure he kicked some, as well as playing other positions.
yes, James E. Lindner..he lettered 1959 & 60. I would have been in school at Ohio State with him during that time. I graduated in 1961.
During Weed's OSU career there was one platoon football. Players had to play both ways. The substitution rule was very difficult for PK's in that players that were on the field for the start of a quarter could come out during quarter and then reenter during the same quarter. If a player entered the game during the quarter he could come out but not reenter until the next quarter hence PK's only got one chance to kick during a quarter.
Thats why, pazbuc, with the one platoon system, it was easier to have "one guy" who was a regular, also handle the kicking, like a Lou Groza or Vic Janowicz.
He's a legendary FB player from East Palestine. His senior season at EP (1956), he led the state officially in scoring and unofficially in rushing. At the time, there were only AA and A classifications. EP was AA. They finished undefeated, but I don't recall where they were ranked. They beat Earle Bruce's Salem team something like 35--0. EP was a power in in the 50s and early-60s, and was kind of a cradle of coaches. The coach of the 1956 team was John Hogan, who went on to scout in the NFL for decades. He was preceded by Ken Meyer, who played for Woody at Denison. Meyer left EP for Denison, then offensive coordinator at Alabama while Namath was there, to offensive coordinator in the NFL at SF and Seattle, plus a stint as head coach of the 49ers. Hogan was followed by Bill Mallory. Mallory was followed by Howard Weyers, who ended up as the head coach at Michigan State. Weyers was followed by Rey Dempsey, who went on to be HC at YSU, then HC at Southern Illinois where he won a Div I AA national championship, then special teams coach for the Lions in the NFL.
Both Lou and Vic played during a period of two platoon football. One platoon football was from '52-''64.
Sorry you miss understoond the jist of my post, pazbuc ,I used Janowitz and Groza,, as the TYPE of guy or player who could play a different position and also kick... I said LIKE a Lou Groza or Vic Janowicz.....(with the one platoon system)...
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