I'm in the midst of the after math of a wedding. I didn't attend this wedding, but still had a great time (lots of drinky drink) at a former player's big day. I apologize ahead of time if this article is incoherent and worse than normal.
We are now 62 days away from Ohio State kicking the crap out Navy to start the 2014 season. Below you will find a list of the 39 players who wore the No. 62 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Jim Parker and Vic Koegel.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Jim Parker||1954-56||1955, 1956||1955, 1956||1954-56|
|Jonh McLaughlin||2001-04||2002, 2004||2004|
Jim Parker, OG (1954-56)
Born: 1934 (Macon, GA)
High School: Scott (Toledo)
Death: 2005 (Columbia, MD)
The Buckeyes were 23-5 with Parker on the team.
1954 National Champions.
1954 Big Ten Title.
1955 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
1956 Outland Trophy.
1956 All-Big Ten.
1955 All-Big Ten.
1973 Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
1974 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
1977 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1999 Named first-team offensive guard for the Sports Illustrated All-Century team.
All-Pro: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966.
Pro Bowl: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961,1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
Colts No. 77 retired in Parker's name.
NFL Champion 1958.
NFL Champion 1959.
Parker's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
Jim Parker was Ohio State’s first Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s top interior lineman. He also is the standard by which his former coach, the late Woody Hayes, measured all other offensive linemen.
“Jim Parker was the greatest offensive lineman I ever coached. I’m not sure there has ever been a better offensive guard,” said Hayes upon Parker’s induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. “He was everything an offensive lineman should be.”
Indeed, Parker could do it all.
A tremendous athlete, the 6-2, 200-pounder could pull and
run block with the best of them. And on the relatively few occasions when the Buckeyes decided to throw the ball, getting around the agile, quick-footed Parker was next to impossible.
Parker was a three-year starter and two-time All-American for the Buckeyes. He won the Outland Trophy as a senior in 1956.
During his three years as a starter, Ohio State won 23
of 28 games, captured the 1954 national championship and won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1954 and ’55.
Parker, who was born in Macon, Ga., but played his last two years of high school football in Toledo, Ohio, was the Buckeyes’ MVP in 1956. A first round pick of the Baltimore Colts the following spring, he went on to enjoy a distinguished career in the NFL as a perennial all-pro pick.
In addition to being a charter member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, Parker also is a member of the College Football (1974) and the Professional Football (1973) halls of fame. His play set a standard of excellence for all future Ohio State linemen.
Parker passed away in July, 2005, at age 71.
Vic Koegel, LB (1971-73)
The Buckeyes went 25-6-1 with Koegel on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 42-21 in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
1973 All-Big Ten.
Selected by the Falcons in the 12th Round of the 1974 NFL Draft.
What Koegel has done outside of football per thinktraining.com:
Vic Koegel is president of Koegel Training and Development and senior instructor and consultant for Think Training.
Clients with whom Vic has worked, presenting seminars in Management, Negotiation, Selling and Communication Skills, include Shearson/American Express, Boeing, Johnson and Johnson, Lucent Technologies, Arthur Andersen, IBM and Fujitsu.
In 1975 he started with IBM as a Sales Representative. After two back to back years as the Columbus, Ohio, Branch Salesman of the Year, he was promoted to National Training Instructor for IBM, where he trained and evaluated IBM sales reps on the skills of selling. In addition, he was responsible for the training of manager candidates on management effectiveness skills and assisted in the development of curriculum material.
In 1983 he was assigned as the Regional Finance Specialist for IBM, overseeing the sale and marketing of finance products to the banking industry. A year later he was promoted to the Entry Systems Division of IBM where he implemented National Marketing programs for IBM Personal Computers.
Vic also was Vice President for Sterling Software, Banking Software Division, where he directed the sales and implementation of item processing software on IBM main frames.
* Wore No. when drafted
** Wore No. 71 when drafted
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
152 days until The Game.