George R. Jacoby: Former OSU Great Died Watching the Team He Loved

By DJ Byrnes on September 5, 2013 at 11:08a

The former two-way great at Ohio State (offensive tackle and nose guard) died at the ripe age of 81 due to natural causes this weekend in Cincinnati. There are certainly a lot worse ways to go out:

His son, Jeff, said his father died of natural causes. An OSU fan till the end, Mr. Jacoby passed while watching the Buckeyes open the football season.

“He died to watch the second half with Woody [Hayes],” son Jeff joked, referencing the storied OSU coach.

Dying of natural causes while watching the Buckeyes? Actually, strike that... there's no better way to leave this mortal coil.


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Unky Buck's picture

there's no better way to leave this mortal coil.


Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

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ATXbucknut's picture

My hope is to go when a coconut falls from above while I'm sleeping in a hammock between two palm trees on a white sand beech in Mexico or the Caribbean.  But I gotta admit, this is a close #2. 
RIP, George. Say hello to Woody for us.

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KeithMC33's picture

Wow, what a way to go out. Sad, but at least he was peaceful and was enjoying the team that he loved. True Buckeye.

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Jangs78's picture

My grandfather suffered a heartattack and passed away on the 16th fairway...I thought that was the best way to go until I read this story.
RIP George

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buckguyfan1's picture

I've heard that Heaven has the best Buckeye Tailgates.  RIP and Go Bucks!

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Hovenaut's picture

Read about him in "What It Means To Be a Buckeye", a book written (2003) by Jim Tressel and Jeff Snook with input from some of Ohio State's greatest players and how attending the university has impacted their lives.

Mr. Jacoby was one of the first interviews of the book, and truly set the tone found throughout based on his sense of appreciation and pride. Inspiring, to say the least.

Rest in peace.

Squirrel Master's picture

I would have preferred to go when OSU beats Alabama in the national championship game. That would be the way to go, of course for me it hopefully will happen at least 50 years from now!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

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Jonnferrell's picture

I wanna be smothered by the flesh of Italian actresses, but that's just me.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

"He died to watch the second half with Woody Hayes"
What a great attitude

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BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Peaceful journey, good sir.

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Haybucks's picture

Rest in Peace, Captain Jacoby.  Nice way to live and leave.
"Buckeye Born and Buckeye bred. And when I die I'll be Buckeye dead."

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


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HighBallAce's picture

Hard to find the words. So I'll just say, what a way to go..

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hanjej93's picture

This is sad to hear. I had the wonderful opportunity to have met Mr. Jacoby about 10 years ago. He was an amazing man and a great Buckeye. I owe many great Buckeye memories to George and his wife, as they would offer us tickets each year to a game. Along with getting to know George he would also tell us stories from his days playing, about Woody Hayes, and more. George and his wife are wonderful people and it is sad to hear of his passing.

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