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||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Thomas James||1942, 1946||1942, 1946|
|Tyrone Harris||1974-75, 1977||1974-75, 1977|
|Karl Coles||1986-87, 1989||1986-87, 1989|
|Ben St. John*||2010-11|
Tommy James, Half Back (1942 and 1946)
Born: 1923 (Canton)
High School: Massillon Washington
Died: 2007 (Massillon)
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 clevelandbrowns.com:
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.” ...
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.”
|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.
156 days until The Game.