Players Sent To The NFL From The Ohio State University


The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the most successful and accomplished major college football programs in the entire country. A number of players have come from Ohio State and made their mark on the National Football League. Here is a look at some of the facts surrounding the players Ohio State has sent to the NFL.

-Through the 2009 season, 374 different players have gone from playing football for the Buckeyes to playing football in the NFL.

-There are five former Ohio State Buckeyes players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They are Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, Jim Parker, Paul Warfield, and Bill Willis.

-With 131 career NFL touchdowns, no former Ohio State player has scored more touchdowns in the NFL than wide receiver Cris Carter.

-The former Buckeyes football player that went on to play more NFL games than any other was defensive lineman Jim Marshall who played in 282 games during his NFL career.

-Two players are tied for the most Pro Bowl appearances by a former Ohio State Buckeyes player at 9 appearances each. The players sharing this distinction are Hall of Famer Lou Groza who played from 1946 to 1967 and Jim Tyrer who played from 1961 to 1974.

-The heaviest player ever drafted into the NFL out of Ohio State was offensive tackle Korey Stringer who was listed at 350 pounds on the day of the 1995 NFL Draft.

-Lou Groza played more seasons in the NFL than any other former Buckeyes player with 21 seasons under his belt.

-In the 2006 NFL Draft, the Ohio State Buckeyes had an amazing five players taken in the first round: A.J. Hawk, Donte Whitner, Bobby Carpenter, Santonio Holmes, and Nick Mangold.

-The Ohio State Buckeyes have had three players chosen with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This first happened in 1982 when the Buffalo Bills selected linebacker Tom Cousineau, it happened again in 1994 when the Bengals chose defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson, and happened a third time in 1997 when the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Orlando Pace.

-The Buckeyes have had just one quarterback drafted into the NFL in the first round. That player was Art Schlichter who was picked in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.

-11 players have played quarterback at Ohio State and gone on to play in the NFL, they are Dave Leggett, John Borton, Art Schlichter, Mike Tomczak, Scott Woolf, Tom Tupa, Kent Graham, Bobby Hoying, Joe Germaine, Craig Krenzel, and Troy Smith.

-The tallest player ever drafted into the NFL out of Ohio State stands at six feet seven inches tall. Two players tie for this record. Defensive end Eric Kumerow was 6’7″ when he was drafted in 1988 and Orlando Pace was 6’7″ at the time of the 1997 NFL Draft.

-The most players taken in one draft out of Ohio State is 13. This happened twice, first in 1971 and then again in 1975. Ohio State’s 1971 NFL Draft class: John Brockington, Jack Tatum, Tim Anderson, Leo Hayden, Jan White, Jim Stillwagon, Doug Adams, Mike Sensibaugh, Larry Zelina, Bruce Jankowskie, Rex Kern, Ron Maciejowski, and Mark Debevc. Ohio State’s 1975 NFL Draft class: Kurt Schumacher, Doug France, Neil Colzie, Pete Cusick, Steve Luke, Harold Henson, Bruce Elia, Jim Cope, Dave Hazel, Steve Myers, Doug Plank, Larry O’Rourke, and Mike Bartoszek.

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