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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OSU Football Tradition 105 – Carmen Ohio

In 1902 the Buckeyes suffered their worst defeat, to the team up north no less, 86-0. On the train ride home, player Fred Cornell wrote “Carmen Ohio” while the teams heart strings were being tugged upon due to the loss.

In 2001 the tradition was started where the entire team stands facing the band following the home games and sings the alma matter song. It is quite the powerful sight sending chills down the spine of every Buckeye fan, especially folling a huge win.

“Oh! Come let’s sing Ohio’s praise,
and songs to Alma Mater raise;
While our hearts rebounding thrill,
with joy which death alone can still.
Summer’s heat or winter’s cold.
The seasons pass, the years will roll;
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship O-hi-o.
These jolly days of priceless worth,
By far the gladdest days on earth,
Soon will pass and we not know,
How dearly we love O-hi-o.
We should strive to keep the name,
Of fair repute and spotless fame,
So, in college halls we’ll grow,
To love the better, O-hi-o.
Tho’ age may dim our mem’ry’s store,
We’ll think of happy days of yore,
True to friend and frank to foe,
As sturdy sons of O-hi-o.
If on seas of care we roll,
‘Neath blackened sky, o’er barren shoal,
Tho’ts of thee bid darkness go,
Dear Alma Mater O-hi-o.”

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.