We are now 38 days away from Ohio State starting the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 25 players who have worn No. 38 for Ohio State. Today's featured players are Harold "Champ" Henson and Austin Spitler. During their careers Henson and Spitler combined to win 9 Big Ten Titles and went 8-0-1 against That Team. Pretty impressive.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|E. Pete Perini||1946||1946|
Harold “Champ” Henson, FB (1972-75)
Born: 1953 (Columbus)
High School: Teays Valley
The Buckeyes were 40-5-1 with Henson on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 42-21 to win the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 3-0-1 against That Team.
Henson's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:
Henson attended the Ohio State University where he led the nation in scoring as a sophomore in 1972.
In the second game of the 1973 season, however, Henson tore the cartilage his knee and was out for the season. Linebacker Bruce Elia was converted to starting fullback. In his senior season Henson was hampered by the lingering effects of his knee injury and challenged by sophomore Pete Johnson.
Henson was selected in the fourth round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, who then traded him to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Champ Henson talking about Woody Hayes per Tom Levenick of BuckeyeGrove.com:
Henson went on to recall another story from the more personal side of Woody during two-a-days sometime between training table and meetings.
Woody pulled me aside and said, 'Champ, I just talked to your dad and your mom has been admitted to Grant hospital. You don't need to be in these meetings or practice, you know this stuff as good as anybody. You need to go and see your mom.'
Then he said, 'Here, take my car' (handing over the keys to his Ranchero pickup truck). Then Woody said, 'My truck needs gas' and he gave me a twenty-dollar bill. He said, 'put gas in my truck and oh, by the way, there's a nice little gift shop in the hospital, make sure you get something nice for your mom.'
So I go to put gas in Woody's truck and the tank is totally full. That was just his way of slipping me twenty dollars so I could get something for my mom. So I go see my mom and it's nothing life threatening, but she is going to need to be in the hospital for four to five days.
I then go back to and explain the situation to Woody and I hand him the twenty-dollar bill and tell him his truck didn't need any gas. 'Yes it did!', Woody said curtly. I told coach the tank was full! Woody said, 'You're wrong,' and turned and walked away.
Now, as Champ is telling me this, he is trying to choke back the tears again.
Champ Henson talking about Anne Hayes per Tom Levenick of BuckeyeGrove.com:
The next morning at 7:00 a.m., Anne Hayes (Woody's wife) showed up at our family farm and my dad says, 'Anne, what are you doing here?' To which she replied, 'You can't run a farm without a woman and I'm here to help.' My dad politely says, 'Anne, we don't really need any help, we'll get by', when Anne interrupts him and says, 'You damned fool, get out of the way and what do you want for breakfast?'
That was typical Anne Hayes. So, she stayed for three days ad made sure they were fed and that my brothers got off to school on time.
You know, we lived 30 miles away from Columbus and that was a story I'll never forget.
These were the types of things that Woody did all the time for people that the public never saw. And quite frankly, he didn't want people to see them. It was always about paying forward, never about paying any attention to him, what so ever.
Commissioner Henson per Wikipedia:
In March of 2012, Harold was selected as the Republican nominee for Pickaway County Commissioner by a 67-33 margin. He was unopposed in the November election, where he received over 10,000 votes. He was sworn in and will serve until January 2015.
Congratulations speech per Circleville Herald and Youtube:
Austin Spitler, LB (2005-09)
Born: 1986 (Dayton)
High School: Bellbrook
The Buckeyes were 54-10 with Spitler on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2009 Big Ten Title.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
2010 Defeated Oregon 26-17 in the Rose Bowl.
Went 5-0 against That Team.
2009 Academic All-Big Ten.
2008 Academic All-Big Ten.
2007 Academic All-Big Ten.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
Austin Spitler's Ohio State career per cbssports.com:
Spitler waited three years for the chance that never came. He was expected to inherit the starting middle linebacker job in 2009 when James Laurinaitis left, but he moved to the strong side to fill a hole on a defense that needed to replace 10 starters.
He started every game in '09, playing outside linebacker and recording at least one tackle in every game. Spitler was a special-teams standout in 2007 and '08 but did not see time in the regular base defense.
Spitler played behind Laurinaitis every previous season, redshirting in 2005.
Spitler destroying Sam McGuffie:
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and cbssports.com
*Nickey wore No. 25 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
128 days until The Game.