Countdown: 91 Days Until Ohio State Football

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May 31, 2014 at 12:08a

We are now only 13 Saturdays away from Ohio State's season opener at Navy. The number 13 is supposed to be unlucky, but for the Buckeyes the No. 91 jersey has been the unlucky number.

The most only decorated player to wear the number, an All-Big Ten selection and team captain, made poor choices after his playing career. You can read more about his story below the list of 27 players who have worn No. 91 for Ohio State. 

Hopefully a future Buckeye player will make the No. 91 synonymous with his name after a great career. The number deserves better representation.

Players Who Wore No. 91 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American  All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Robert Bell 1949            
John Manyak 1952           1952
John Trittipo* 1955            
Clifford Wilson 1957            
George Langermeier 1958            
Paul Martin 1959           1959
Benjamin Mobley 1964           1964
John Sobolewski 1966-68           1966-68
Richard Wakefield 1969-71           1969-71
James Cope 1972-74           1972-74
Robert Lillie* 1975-76            
William Wilson* 1980            
James Gilmore* 1981           1981
Jim Klohn 1983-84            
Brian Benio 1987-88           1987-88
Scott St. John 1988            
Jason Simmons 1990-93   1991 1993     1990-93
Jeff Wilson 1994-98           1995-97
Frank Conrad 1999            
Marvin Payne* 2000           2000
Jason Bond 2000-03           2000-03
Ryan Williams 2005-06            
Stewart Smith* 2009            
Melvin Fellows 2010-11            
William McCary 2012           2012
Chris Rock 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 91
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Jason Simmons

Jason Simmons
Born: 1970
High School: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's

Ohio State
Finished his career with 27.5 sack, 2nd all-time (1st at the time).
Had 56.5 tackles for loss, 3rd all-time (1st at the time).
Recorded 308 tackles for loss yards which is 2nd all-time for a career (1st at the time).

1991 All-Big Ten.
1993 team captain.

Charged with sexual battery of a 14 year-old girl in 2008.
Released from prison in 2009.

Unfortunately, not every gridiron great goes on to do good things in life. Below you can read about Simmons' crimes. Hopefully the victim has been able to get help and recover.

From on 7-17-2007:

Jason Simmons, a former Ohio State football star who now works as a middle school teacher in the Dayton area, has been charged with multiple sexual contacts with a 14 year old girl. Simmons, who is married and has children, is alleged to have had sex with the girl on three occasions. He was hired to provide assistance to "special needs" students, but his victim was not one of his students.

From WBNS 5-16-2008:

Dirt Bag

A former defensive end for Ohio State accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery.

Jason Simmons, who played for Ohio State in the early 1990s, entered the plea during a hearing before Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Wiseman.

In exchange for his plea, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dropped.

Simmons, 37, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 19.

Prosecutors say Simmons, a teacher at Northmont Middle School, developed a relationship with the girl following a school trip to Washington, D.C.

Defense attorney Thomas Kollin said Simmons entered the plea to bring closure to the case and not subject the girl's family and his family to a trial.

Sources-, and The Ohio State Team Guide

Chris Rock

Chris Rock
High School: DeSales

Ohio State

2011 earned a scholarship from That Team.
May 2012 left That Team and enrolled at Ohio State in August.

How does Chris Rock like sharing his name with Chris Rock? From this years Ohio State Team Guide:

Rock said this to "My mom always says I was named before he was famous."

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide

No. 91 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Richard Wakefield 1972 16 409 WR Browns
Jim Cope 1975 5 119 LB Browns

In case you missed them:

99, 98, 9796, 95, 94, 93, 92, the Nic Miller Interview and the Matt Finkes Interview.


181 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Thanks for reading. Please let me know If there are any errors. 

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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stevebelliseeya's picture

First, let me preface this by saying I enjoy and appreciate the work you are doing here. I know this takes a lot of effort and you do a wonderful job. 

In my opinion though, which matters very little in the grand scheme of things, I could have done without reading about that particular story. Regardless of whether he played for the Buckeyes or not, he will never be a Buckeye or represent the school I love most ever again to me. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth and perhaps wasn't necessary. 

That being said....again, love what you are doing and I may be the only one that feels this way. 

Go Bucks and thank you Remy. 

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Poison nuts's picture

While I certainly understand you're thoughts & think it's a valid viewpoint, it's not all sunshine out in the world & this was a good example of not all great footballers being great humans. I think it was a good read even if I hated the subject...

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stevebelliseeya's picture

Totally understand. Maybe what I mean is that it could have just been a line or two instead of the entire story including details. While certainly relevant to the topic at hand, I just hate to read things like this at length. 

/love you guys

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Remy's picture

SteveBelliSeeYa, Poison Nuts and Hovenaut,

I debated about going in depth with the Jason Simmons bio. At first I just had the brief line in Miscellaneous. The reason I ran the entire story is because I felt the college-aged readers (perhaps even some older readers) would not know it. This is a series about the history of the players who wore the jerseys at Ohio State. Buckeye football history (like all subjects) has good and bad aspects. Jason Simmons' bio is a perfect example of that.

SteveBelliSeeYa, I totally agree with you on not "liking to read things like that." Perhaps I should have just put a link to the bad stuff. I apologize if I offended anyone.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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stevebelliseeya's picture

Not offended at all Remy. That subject just bothers me greatly and that is my own problem, not the readers. I agree that history is history and it should be known regardless of the subject matter. I probably should have just kept it to myself but I was a little innebriated and know.  Thanks again for these and I look to forward to reading the next piece in the series. 

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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Hovenaut's picture

To start, I think it's a shame about Jason Simmons - as in his behavior has devastated lives.

I wouldn't say he would be welcome at present in the OSU community, but he still holds a place within Buckeye football history. I don't believe that should be omitted. That also is to say it shouldn't be celebrated either.

As we'll continue to find out, not every player leaves the program and goes on to lead a productive, successful life (Small, Schlichter).

It isn't quite the same situation, but three years ago I struggled with calling myself an Ohio State fan. It took time for me to understand and cope with Tat-Gate and the subsequent fallout. I've made peace with it and have even found a new level of Buckeye fandom I didn't even realize I had within (11W plays a huge part there...obviously).

Guess my point is, in my humble opinion, is that we can't always ignore negativity - as however uncomfortable as it may be.

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Remy's picture

" we can't always ignore negativity - as however uncomfortable as it may be." Totally agree. The good news is that Ohio State football has a lot more positive news than negative.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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