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

Ohio State Heisman #3 – Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady – 1955


Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady was the 3rd Ohio State player to win the Heisman Trophy.

 

  • Was nick named ‘Hopalong’ during his freshman year because he ‘hopped’ all over the field like the fictional performing cowboy, Hopalong Cassidy. 
  • Attended Central High School in Columbus.
  • Also played defensive back at Ohio State.
  • Returned an 88 yard interception in the 1954 Wisconsin game, one of the wins in a 10-0 National Championship season.
  • Played baseball at Ohio State.
  • Was the #3 pick in the 1956 NFL Draft.
  • Played 9 seasons in the NFL.
  • Was a scout for the Yankees.
  • Was 1st base & bench coach for the Columbus Clippers for a number of years.

Ohio State Heisman #2 – Vic Janowicz – 1950

Here is my second entry in the Heisman Trophy series. I hope I can instill some Buckeye Pride by maybe teaching some of you about the deep tradition and history of the Ohio State Football team. Please feel to comment.

  • Played tailback, quarterback and kicker. Also, played safety on defense.
  • Holds the Big Ten record for extra points in a single game (10).
  • Also holds the Big Ten single game record of 21 punts for 685 yards.
  • Kicked 27 yard field goal in the famous 1950 “Snow Bowl” vs Michigan.
  • Played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2 years after college.
  • Went back to football in 1954, signing with the Washington Redskins.
  • Pro career ended when he was in a near fatal accident that left him unconscious for a 30 day period.
  • Member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
  • Died February of 1996.

Ohio State Heisman #1 – Les Horvath – 1944

I want to give you some inside on all of the Ohio State Heisman Trophy winners. Especially the pioneers, everyone knows about Archie, Eddie & Troy. I will start with the first winner, Leslie Horvath.

  • Les is from Cleveland
  • He lettered in football in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944.
  • Went to dental school in 1943 and was not eligible for football, per college football’s rule of losing eligibility after graduation.
  • In 1944 the rules changed due to shortage of players due to World War II and head coach Carroll Widdoes asked Horvath to join the team again even though he was in Grad school. He came back as a tailback in the single wing formation and QB in the T formation.
  • In 1944 Ohio State went 9-0, won the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 in the country. Horvath rushed for 905 yards and passed for 345. He was second in the nation in rushing, he was unanimous All-America and Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten.
  • Heisman season stats: RUSHING-163 times for 924 yards, 5.7 yards per carry. PASSING-completed 14 of 32 passes for six touchdown and 344 yards.
  • Joined the Navy from 1945-1947.
  • Played three years of pro football, 1947-49 with both the Rams and the Browns.
  • After football, he moved to Los Angeles and started his dentist practice.
  • He died November 14, 1995 at age 74.