Retired Ohio State Football Numbers

Here are all the retired Ohio State football jersey numbers and the dates in which they were retired. Ohio State has since announced there will not be any additional numbers retired. Hence the reason #10 has not been retired for the only Heisman Trophy winner not to have his number retired, Troy Smith.
#45 Archie Griffin (10/30/99)
#31 Vic Janowicz (9/23/00)
#40 Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (11/18/00)
#22 Leslie “Les” Horvath (10/6/01)
#27 Eddie George (11/10/01)
#47 “Chic” Harley (10/30/04)
WH Woody Hayes (9/10/05)
#99 Bill Willis (11/03/07)

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Ohio State Heisman #4 & #5 – Archie Griffin – 1974 & 1975

Considered one of the greatest college football players only. Archie has been a symbol of dignity and class for the Ohio State University for over 35 years. He is by far one of the most recognizable faces in Columbus and will always be one of the favorite players in the history of the university.

  • The ONLY college football player to win 2 Heisman Trophies.
  • Eastmoor High School, where he went to school, renamed their football field in his honor.
  • Won 4 Big Ten titles.
  • Only player to start 4 Rose Bowl games.
  • Fumbled on his 1st carry at OSU.
  • Holds the NCAA record for most 100 yard games in a career (34).
  • Holds the NCAA record for consecutive 100 yard games (31).
  • Inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Was ranked #21 on ESPN’s top 25 College Football Players of All Time List in 2007.
  • Andy Katzenmoyer received special approval from Archie to wear #45 while at OSU, because Archie was his idol while growing up.
  • Was drafted in the 1st round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976.
  • Played briefly in the USFL as well.
  • Is now President of The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Archie’s Career Collegiate Statistics:

Year Att Yds Avg
1972 159 1,428 8.9
1973 247 1,577 6.4
1974 256 1,695 6.6
1975 262 1,450 5.5

Here is the Heisman Voting for 1974

Place Name School Class Pos. 1 2 3 Total
1st Archie Griffin Ohio State Jr. RB 483 198 75 1,920
2nd Anthony Davis Southern California Sr. TB 120 148 163 819
3rd Joe Washington Oklahoma Jr. HB 87 146 108 661
4th Tom Clements Notre Dame Sr. QB 26 49 68 244
5th David Humm Nebraska Sr. QB 23 46 49 210
6th Dennis Franklin Michigan Sr. DE 6 30 22 100
7th Rod Shoate Oklahoma Sr. LB 12 16 29 97
8th Gary Sheide Brigham Young Sr. QB 12 19 16 90
9th Randy White Maryland Sr. DT 9 20 18 85
10th Steve Bartkowski California Sr. QB 6 13 30 74

Here is the Heisman Voting for 1975:

Place Name School Class Pos. 1 2 3 Total
1st Archie Griffin Ohio State Sr. RB 454 167 104 1,800
2nd Chuck Muncie California Sr. TB 145 104 87 730
3rd Ricky Bell Southern California Jr. TB 70 169 160 708
4th Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh Jr. RB 66 149 120 616
5th Joe Washington Oklahoma Sr. HB 29 47 69 250
6th Jimmy Dubose Florida Sr. RB 19 13 29 112
7th John Sciarra UCLA Sr. QB 12 15 20 86
8th Gordon Bell Michigan Sr. TB 2 27 24 84
9th Leroy Selmon Oklahoma Sr. DT 7 22 14 79
10th Gene Swick Toledo Sr. QB 5 19 20 73