Ted Ginn Sr. Defeats Cancer

By Kyle Rowland on July 19, 2013 at 10:00a
Ted Ginn Sr. is a revered figure in Cleveland.

A year ago, when Ted Ginn Sr. was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the prognosis was not good. But the strong, affable and resilient Ginn wasn't going to sit idly by as the sickness took over his body. Today, Ginn is cancer free. 

As Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch wrote, Ginn wasn't told the survival rate was five percent until he'd already won his battle. 

Ginn is the beloved head coach of Glenville High School in Cleveland, which has been a pipeline for Ohio State and other Division I programs. He is a renowned figure in Cleveland for his work with troubled youths and bettering their lives through lessons and education. 

“We all want to win, but where we come from on the east side of Cleveland, winning kind of takes a back seat because the guys around there have so many other problems,” Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall said.

“He’s an automatic father figure before he’s even a football coach. There’s so much he has to deal with even before he coaches football.

“He cares about individual kids so much, it’s crazy. He’ll make himself sick caring about one kid when there are 200 other ones.”

At one point during his treatment, Ginn was put on life support. After a surgery to remove his pancreas, though, his status improved dramatically. Ginn is thankful for all the support he received through the grueling process, including phone calls from Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke. 


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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Awesome! Best news of the day! Get better, Coach.

The South will NOT rise again!

jeremytwoface's picture

Score one for the good guys!!
Take that, cancer!!!!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

umbyosu's picture

Rumor had it that Ginn Sr. nicknamed his cancer Lakewood St. Eds!

FROMTHE18's picture

Well done Mr. Ginn, well done.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Great news!

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Amen.                 (not meant to start anything)

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Congrats to Coach Ginn for also beating M*chigan.

Don't text while driving.

Mizzillion's picture

This news makes my day. Awesome.

BierStube's picture

A good friend of mine (and of any of the Buckeye faithful) passed away in May from pancreatic cancer.  Barry Walker was the blocking back for Keith Byers during the mid 80's and was an even better man than football player.  I am very happy to see someone beat this horrible disease.  Congrats coach Ginn, may you live long and positively affect young future Buckeyes for years to come!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

AndyVance's picture

Wow, I didn't know that Walker had passed. I almost included him in today's edition of the countdown to kickoff since he wore #43 and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Thanks for sharing, and my condolences on the loss of your friend, and a great Buckeye.

BierStube's picture

Thanks Andy,
He was diagnosed last September.  They did not give him much time, but Barry always had a very positive outlook and surpassed the doctors expectations.  He fought hard and was very happy to see a 12-0 buckeye team, even though he knew it was likely to be the last season he would see.  My thoughts and prayer still go out to his wife and daughters.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Awesome news, Coach! So glad to hear this.
God is great.

Bugsyk's picture

U The Man Ted!

Hovenaut's picture

Great news.

God bless, Coach!

otrain2416's picture

I actually had no clue he had cancer let alone pancreatic cancer which in the medical field is one of the worst and most aggressive forms. Such a miracle he survived praise the Lord for giving you strength to heal and keep doing great things in Cleveland coach!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Fricken' A! Great news!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Michibuck's picture

Best wishes, coach. May you get that State Title.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Wow. Bringing Ted Ginn Jr. into the world is now only the second coolest thing you've done. Great news for a member of the family.

Squirrel Master's picture

Beat that Michigan disease! 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Poison nuts's picture

To be honest, all I've ever really known about him was that he coached Glenville & was Ted's father...but I just read that article & what a genuinely great man! Glad to hear that he won that fight. That particular type of cancer is about as deadly as it get's. That he beat it & will coach again is basically as miraculous as miracles can be..Congrats Coach Ginn!

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

OSUs12-OH's picture

Congrats to Ted Sr!  Cancer sucks!

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Cavluv23's picture

Congrats sir !!

World travel is my passion spreading the word and grace of Ohio in every corner of the world . 

Buckabroad's picture

Thank God! I continue to pray for your full and speedy recovery. I really respect you strength of will and resolve.

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

pjtobin's picture

After losing my father to the c word hearing that any person over comes it puts a smile on my face. Even more so when the person is a good dude. I am so happy for him and all of his followers. What a great story. Thanks for sharing. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

unholy bucknut's picture

Get well Teddy Sr. best wishes for you and your family.

Jonnferrell's picture

God needs Ted Sr to worry about those kids--especially that one that really needs it.  Great news for him and alot of people.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Idaho Helga's picture

Lost my father to cancer in 1978 at a time when hearing you were going to have this new thing call "chemotherapy" was like hearing a death sentence.  Pretty much everyone who got it did so as a last ditch effort after surgery failed, yet they all died.   Chemo was more brutal then than now, as my father died literally a skeleton of what had been a healthy, robust man.
Congrats to Ted Sr and thank you to all those who like my father were the ones who beta-tested these drugs as real life guinea pigs thus making the drugs viable, effective and safer.

Golden Buckeye's picture

Great news. Could not be happier to hear this.

Hockey Buck's picture

Great job coach. Cancer is the one team that can never win, then SCum.

fanosu99's picture

He beat it because he is a winner. Props to teddy senior.

teddyballgame's picture

Congrats to Mr. Ginn.  

That is about an impressive a victory as you can get!

btalbert25's picture

I can never hear Jimmy V say, "Dont give up, don't EVER give up" without getting choked up a bit.  Stories like this are exactly why.  Awesome stuff.