Happy Birthday Ted Ginn, Jr.

By Jason Priestas on April 12, 2013 at 3:33a
Ted Ginn, Jr. did everything.

Ted Ginn, Jr. had us with his first career punt return for a touchdown, in a loss to Wisconsin. He delighted us with a three touchdown performance in East Lansing and then again with an 82-yard punt return for six in a win over the Wolverines. A month later, Ginn was the Alamo Bowl MVP and a First-team All-American return guy as a freshman.

It only got better from there as Ginn emerged as a weapon at receiver, complimenting Anthony Gonzalez on an Ohio State team that would go 22-3 while the pair were sophomores and juniors. He was still the nation's top return guy, but he was also now catching 29-yard strikes at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium to quiet crowds and end 21-game home winning streaks.

Happy 28th birthday, Ted Ginn, Jr. Thanks for all the memories.


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He's 28?  I feel old...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I say we bring him back for his senior year.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Bruce's picture

Gawd I miss that guy!!!!

From the 2007 HBO special ---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI7x_DDPcLo

Kurt's picture

1. Once in a lifetime talent.
2. Just as well the video left out a certain touchdown.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The video was uploaded in Sept '06.

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avail31678's picture

ahhh....unfortunately, then, it misses his long TD catch on Troy Smith's fake handoff against scUM.  One of my favorite plays ever in one of the greatest games.

dan_isaacs's picture

Quality sucks, but here it is:


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HolgateBuckeye's picture

One of the most exciting Buckeyes I ever watched.  Dude was amazing. 

20sider's picture

He was just sooo much faster than everyone else on the football field. Wow, thanks for the highlight reel post.


MN Buckeye's picture

Whew, what a talent!  I remember how he just handed the ball to the ref after he scored, which I thought was classy.  Also, how many of these highlights were against MSU?  They must have been glad to see him leave.

RoweTrain's picture

That speed. Still to this day amazes me the separation this guy got whether it was before he had the ball in his hands or after.

"Just bow up and go out and play." ~ D. Lee

"As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football." ~ B. Miller

bbase22's picture

His separation speed was absolutely amazing.  I'm still surprised he hasn't had more success in the NFL.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The way he blew past those ND defenders was amazing.

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Buckabroad's picture

Easily my favorite player ever in any sport. Greatest return man I have ever seen. One of the few players that actually accelerated while shifting past the first wave of defenders. When he dropped his upper body and head a bit while hitting stride (sometimes 80 yards before the goal line) you always knew he was gone. No human on earth could catch him.
Happy birthday Ted, you are, always have been, and always will be the greatest!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Brad Nessler's call during the Minnesota game was great.

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

The most electrifying player to ever don the S&G. 

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

NYC Buckeye's picture

Most people argue and yell at me when I say this... of course I never saw Archie play live, but I agree 100% with you...

Denny's picture

Here is a wonderful reminder of our wealth of talent: we started fielding Gonzo and Holmes as the up return men after people stopped kicking kickoffs to Ginn (see: fake end-around to Gonzo return against Minnesota).
My god.


BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

Ted Ginn! Ted Ginn! Ted Ginn did everything!

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

TheShookster's picture

Way faster than Denard, and I bet he could throw a tighter spiral too.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

20sider's picture

Could definitely get a pitch to home plate...


JYBUCKEYE's picture

Teddy freaking Ballgame!!!  I was at that Northern Illinois game he could of caught 25 balls that day.  Happy Birthday!

OSUStu's picture

Of all the offensive players that I have watched go from OSU to the NFL, he was the one I was sure would, and was rooting for most to, electrify the pros.  Not to be I suppose.  
Still, it always pumps me up to see highlights of this guy make other college players look foolish.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Borrowed Time's picture

Braxton Miller makes me feel the way I did watching Ginn..... just a highlight waiting to happen every play.

NYC Buckeye's picture

In my opinion, the most exciting Buckeye to ever put on a football uniform...  every time he touched the ball he was a threat to score a TD...  I've never seen speed like that on a football field...
I still believe, despite Troy winning the Heisman, Teddy was the most important/best player on that 2007 team...

Eye27's picture

Imagine what Urban Meyer would do with this speed in our current offense.

Poison nuts's picture

It would have been pure insanity.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

shadybuck's picture

his name was percy harvin haha

shadybuck's picture

his name could be jalin marshall

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Not only was he damn fast, he made sprinting look absolutely effortless.  That stride was a thing of beauty.
Happy Birthday, TG!

braxonbraxonbrax's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the '04 Michigan State punt return is the one where Paul Keels famously says something like "and Ted Ginn just ran through Michigan State's defense like Mexican water through a first-time tourist!" One of my favorite lines by Keels.

Doc's picture

Happy Birthday Teddy Ballgame.  You are my favorite Buckeye I have seen play in person.  The dude could do everything.  What a beast!

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bodast67's picture

Ginn and Holmes back to receive the punt

       Scary, just scary !




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Gametime's picture

What's amazing is that Urban Myer is bringing in kids who all have this kinda speed - Dontre Wilson, James Clark, Ezekiel Elliott, Parris Campbell, and it's definitely going to be fun to watch! 

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

IBleedSandG's picture

One of top-5 favorite Buckeyes of all-time! Happy born day, Teddy.
Didn't realize the amount of returns he housed for the 'phins.
Edit: ^ I watched his Dolphins highlights after tOSU highlights. lol.


Dougger's picture

Teddy Teddy Teddy!
"Time to make a house call"
He made watching so much fun

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Earle's picture

I noticed the "hang time" and "snap to foot" counters in the video and couldn't help wondering why they didn't have a "catch to end zone" clock on all of his punt returns.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

NW Buckeye's picture

Happy Birthday Ted. 

MediBuck's picture

Wow, the male cheerleader in the heading photo looks super-excited. Maybe even more than Teddy G himself!

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Kevbo714's picture

Heart you!

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Knarcisi's picture

Love it. 

  • MSU in 2004 was a down year, but he took that game over. 
  • Love all the ND highlights.
  • I was in Austin at the game in 2006. My dad and I were screaming about the single, press coverage that Ross lined up un before the half. Bingo. 
  • Missed one, but still have an imprint in my mind ... The fake dive to Beanie and bomb against scUM in 2006. 

Thanks for all the memories Teddy Ginn. Happy Birthday.