In nine Saturdays Ohio State will open the season at Navy. After the brutal winter we suffered through, Central Ohio is being rewarded with another great weather Saturday. Today's article will list the 30 players who wore No. 63 for Ohio State. Featured players are Jim Reichenbach, Doug Adams and Kirk Lowdermilk.
Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the Hall of Fame player that Jim Reichenbach coached at Glenwood High School?
What B1G school does Kirk Lowdermilk's son play cornerback for?
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Kurt Murphy||1996-99||1997, 1998, 1999||1996-99|
Jim Reichenbach, OG (1951-54)
High School: Massillon Washington
Death: May 2009 (Massillon)
The Buckeyes were 26-9-2
First freshman offensive lineman to start at Ohio State.
1954 National Champions.
1954 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-2 against That Team.
1952 All-Big Ten.
2005 Inducted into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame.
Was Dan Dierdorf's high school coach at Glenwood.
Jim Reichebach's Ohio State career per an article written by Chris Easterling of indeonline.com:
After graduating from Washington High School, Reichenbach arrived on Ohio State’s campus and almost immediately stepped foot into the Buckeyes’ starting lineup. During the early 1950s, freshmen were eligible to play for the varsity team due to the Korean War.
So, when starter Thor Ronemus suffered an injury during the preseason, Reichenbach was right there waiting for the chance. And when the Buckeyes opened the season against Southern Methodist at Ohio Stadium – in Woody Hayes’ first game as head coach – Reichenbach made history as the first freshman offensive lineman to start at the school.
“It was very exciting to say the least,” Reichenbach said in a 1994 interview with The Independent. “Chuck Mather and the other coaches told me I could play and I did.”
He would be joined that season in the lineup by another former Tiger teammate and classmate, Jerry Krisher. Krisher, who also lettered four years for Ohio State from 1951-54, played at the other guard spot. ...
...Reichenbach and Krisher were sandwiched around another former Tiger, Mike Takacs, at center.
“They called it the ‘Massillon Wall,’” Krisher recalled.
The Buckeyes won the national championship in 1954, the final year for Reichenbach and Krisher in Columbus. After graduation, Reichenbach went into the Air Force and was elevated to captain before leaving the service and returning to Massillon.
Jim Reichenbach's life per an article written by Todd Porter of cantonrep.com
Long after Jim Reichenbach finished plowing fields and defenders for Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, he still plowed the fields. Reichenbach, who farmed 125 acres while he was raising Stark County football players as one of the area’s best coaches, died Monday morning after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 76.
Not many freshmen started for Woody Hayes at Ohio State. Reichenbach did. He was prepared to play early at Washington High School under Chuck Mather during one of the greatest periods in Tiger football.
With Reichenbach at one guard and Jim Parker the other, they paved the way for Cassady and helped Hayes earn fans. Hayes struggled a bit in his first three years, until 1954.
Reichenbach was an All-American on Ohio State’s ’54 national championship team.
After his playing days, Reichenbach coached briefly at Baldwin-Wallace College under Lee Tressel. Then he returned to his Stark County roots and coached and taught high school football here for nearly 30 years until 1988. He coached at Glenwood, McKinley, Tuslaw and Dover.
“You grow up, and I don’t think I’ll ever change very much from when I was 16 years old playing for Coach Reichenbach,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf, who played at Glenwood for Reichenbach. “I was deathly afraid of him. He looked to me ... to be eight feet tall. He was an imposing guy.
“He got me ready to play for Bo Schembechler. (Reichenbach) was such a taskmaster ... but he wasn’t stern. He wasn’t mean. When I played for him, I preferred he didn’t know my name.”
Dierdorf laughed ... but at 16 years old, it wasn’t a joke.
Glenwood players were well aware of their coach’s background. They knew he was an All-American for the Buckeyes. They knew he played for Hayes.
What they didn’t know then, however, was just how hard their head coach worked.
He maintained a beef farm during his coaching career and up until 1997. Typical work days, his son Jim recalled, started at 6 in the morning and often didn’t end until 1 or 2 in the morning after watching game film.
“We were a hard-working family,” Jim Reichenbach said. “We were very busy during football, and dad never got out of farming. We did it together. There were a lot of late nights, but football was the priority.
“I developed my work ethic from him. I couldn’t have asked for a better father.”
Reichenbach was inducted into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame in 2005. In his three years playing at Massillon, the Tigers lost just two games.
Dan Dierdorf on Jim Reichenbach per Todd Porter of cantonrep.com:
“When I was a kid, I tried to never make eye contact with him,” Dierdorf said. “He wasn’t mean, but he was stern. He taught us a lesson, and it was the first time I learned that how you practice the game is a direct correlation to how you play it.
“Later on, when I got to know him, he was the type of guy who would look you in the eyes when he asked a question, and he wasn’t just making cocktail talk. It was because he wanted to know something about you.”
More than anything, Reichenbach was an honest man. He never tried to steer Dierdorf to Ohio State or sway his decision to attend rival Michigan.
But it wasn’t a choice Dierdorf had to make. Ohio State never made him an offer.
“How do I thank him? By going to Michigan,” Dierdorf said, laughing. “He and I were always at peace with that decision because Ohio State didn’t offer me. But I was always glad I never had to sit across from him at a table with a Michigan offer in one hand and an Ohio State offer in the other. Honestly, though, I think he would have looked at me and said, ‘Dan, it’s your decision.’ And I know he would have convinced me it was my decision, and he wouldn’t have tried to steer me to Ohio State. He was bigger than that.”
Doug Adams, Linebacker (1968-70)
High School: Xenia
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Adams on the team.
1968 National Champions.
1970 National Champions.
1968 Big Ten Title.
1969 Big Ten Title.
1970 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 27-16 in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
1969 All-Big Ten.
Selected by the Broncos in the 7th round of the 1971 NFL Draft.
Doug Adams was killed at the age of 48. A tired driver hit Adams while he was riding his bike in 1997.
The Doug Adams Fitness Center opened in 2000 in his honor.
Ben Person honors Doug Adams per an article by Ken Gordon of The Columbus Dispatch (12-26-08):
Other Ohio State players will wear jersey No. 63, no doubt, but when guard Ben Person takes the field for the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5, Armic and Edna Adams might feel a twinge of emotion.
It will be the final game of Person's five-year career, and the final chance to honor Armic and Edna's late son Doug, a Xenia schoolboy star who went on to play for Ohio State, just like Person. Doug Adams was one of the famous "Super Sophs," a starting linebacker who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1968 national title.
He was killed in a bicycle accident in 1997, and when Person signed to play for OSU in 2004, he chose to wear Adams' old number in memoriam to his hometown hero.
"It meant a lot to us," Edna Adams said of Person's tribute. "It was so nice for Ben to do that." ...
...But it also has produced more than its share of good football players.
Doug Adams was one of those. An undersized overachiever -- barely 6 feet tall and maybe 200 pounds -- he threw himself into workouts and made the most of his abilities.
He started for three seasons at OSU, helping the Buckeyes compile a 27-2 record. He then spent four years with the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring at age 25 and going back to OSU for a dental degree.
He was a dentist in suburban Cincinnati when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. He was 48.
Kirk Lowdermilk, C (1981-84)
Born: 1963 (Canton)
High School: Salem
The Buckeyes were 36-12 with Lowdermilk on the team.
Ohio State went 9-3 every year Lowdermilk played.
1981 Big Ten Title.
1984 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Navy 31-28 to win the 1981 Liberty Bowl.
Defeated BYU 47-17 to win the 1982 Holiday Bowl.
Defeated BYU 10-7 to win the 1985 Citrus Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.
1984 All-Big Ten.
Selected by the Vikings in the 3rd round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
Kirk Lowdermilk's recruitment and Ohio State career per Ryan Buck of vindy.com:
Despite being dominant as a two-way lineman, the overlooked Lowdermilk says he had exactly one Division I offer after his senior football season in 1980.
“My only choice was the University of Toledo until after wrestling season,” Lowdermilk said.
A friend from Salem, Dr. Henry Maxim, tipped off his friend in Columbus, then-Ohio State coach Earle Bruce.
“Dr. Maxim called him and said, ‘You might want to take a look at this guy.’ So they came and watched me wrestle at the state tournament,” Lowdermilk said.
Lowdermilk dominated, winning the heavyweight division at St. John Arena on Ohio State’s campus.
He had earned his offer, thanks to the wrestling prowess he credits with enriching his football abilities.
“You learn about balance, especially for linemen and linebackers,” Lowdermilk said. “It’s probably the best thing for football. You learn about leverage and how to use it.”
He signed a letter of intent before he and his family left Columbus, then returned in the fall.
Lowdermilk anchored the Buckeyes’ offensive line for four seasons and earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1984. That same season, he helped Ohio State to a berth in the Rose Bowl.
“The experience, as you can imagine, was fabulous,” he said.
*Wore No. 65 when drafted.
**Wore No. 73 when drafted. Selected by the Patriots in the 3rd round of the 1963 AFL Draft.
***Wore No. 62 when drafted.
Today's Trivia Answers:
Can you name the Hall of Fame player that Jim Reichenbach coached at Glenwood High School? Dan Dierdorf.
What B1G school does Kirk Lowdermilk's son play cornerback for? John Lowdermilk plays for Iowa.
153 days until The Game.