Countdown: 66 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
June 25, 2014 at 12:01a
Enough Said.

In 66 sunrises Ohio State will open the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 31 players who have worn No. 66 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured player is Tommy James.

Like the No. 67, the No. 66 has never had a Buckeye earn All-American honors.

Today's Trivia Question:
How many people played for Paul Brown at the high school level, college level and pro level of football?


Players who Wore No. 66 for Ohio State
Players Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Richard Wuellner 1938-39            
Thomas James 1942, 1946           1942, 1946
Cecil Souders* 1943-44           1943-44
John Roe 1944-45           1944-45
Thomas Snyder* 1945           1945
John Biltz 1949-50   1950       1949-50
Robert Roberts 1952-53            
Robert Cole 1956           1956
Richard Anders 1957-59            
Charles Foreman 1959-61            
Thomas Bugel 1963-65   1964       1963-65
Jules DiFederico 1966-67            
Brian Donovan* 1968           1968
Steve Betz 1969            
Lawrence Graf 1973           1973
Tyrone Harris 1974-75, 1977           1974-75, 1977
Richard Czyzynski 1981-83           1981-83
Mike Madigan 1984-85            
Karl Coles 1986-87, 1989           1986-87, 1989
Stephen Robbins 1988            
Travis Lutz* 1990           1990
Paul Long* 1991-92           1991-92
Andy Dawson 1993            
Dan Gibbons 1994-96            
Mike Jacobs 1998-2001         2001 2000-01
Alphonso Townsend 2000            
Doug Datish* 2002            
R.J. Coleman* 2003            
Andrew Moses 2005-09         2008-09 2008-09
Ben St. John* 2010-11            
Kyle Dodson 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 67
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Tommy James

Tommy James, Half Back (1942 and 1946)

Born: 1923 (Canton)
High School: Massillon Washington
Died: 2007 (Massillon)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 13-4-2 with James on the team.
Won the 1942 National Championship.
Won the 1942 Big Ten Title.

1953 Pro Bowl.

Played for Paul Brown at Massillon Washington, Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns.
After the 1942 National Championship season James served three years in the Army. After WWII James returned to play for Ohio State in 1946.
Won 5 titles with the Browns (1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955).

Excerpts from a Tommy James' article (12-10-2000) by Fred Greetham of

Paul Brown

James had the good fortune of playing for Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown at three different levels of football. James, a Massillon native, played for Brown at Massillon High School, then followed him to Ohio State before joining the Browns to play professionally from 1948-55.

James, Lin Houston and Horace Gillom are the only three players to accomplish the feat. Houston played with the Browns from 1946-53, while Gillom from 1947-56. ...

James considered it a privilege to play for the legendary coach at each level of football.

“It was good,” James said. “To have the same coach at all three levels was very exciting.” ...

Tommy James as a Brown "Get off me son."

One of James’ fondest memories was holding the ball for Lou Groza in the 1950 championship game as Groza’s field goal sailed through the uprights to give the Browns a 30-28 win and championship.

“That was a big thrill,” James said. “The 1950 championship game, I had an interception and I held the ball for Lou Groza when he kicked the game-winning field goal.”

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


No. 66 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Cy Souders* 1945 25 259 End Redskins
Tommy James 1947 17 146 Def. HB Lions

*Returned to Ohio State for the 1946 season and wore No. 80.

Today's Trivia Answer:
How many people played for Paul Brown at the high school level, college level and pro level of football? Three. Horace Gillom, Lin Houston and Tommy James.

Backyard Bragging Rights, The Game

156 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

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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MN Buckeye's picture

As always, great read, Remy. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to learn from and play for Paul Brown.

Is this the same guy from Tommy James and the Shondells? I prefer scarlet and gray over crimson and clover, however. 

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Remy's picture

MN Buckeye, BlockO and BroJim, Thank you for the positive feedback. MN Buckeye, I almost made a reference to Tommy James and the Shondells, but I wasn't sure anyone would make the connection. Good job sir.

Tommy James and the Shondells


"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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BlockO's picture

Love these posts remy

"faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum)

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BroJim's picture

Another midnight special! Thanks, Remy. 

I season my simple food with hunger

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Hovenaut's picture

Awesome - obligatory Creedence UV.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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