Countdown: 45 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
July 16, 2014 at 1:02a


With only 45 days until Ohio State takes on the Midshipmen of Navy I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out who I should feature today. Andy Katzenmoyer jumped off of the page, but coming up with a second player who is deserving is tough. Hopefully I can figure it out before I finish this article. Below you will find the 12 players who wore the No. 45 for Ohio State. 




Players who Wore No. 45 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
John Kleinhans 1936           1936
Clifford Hefflinger 1939-40            
Ralph Slough 1943           1943
Robert Dove 1944-45           1944-45
George Walbolt 1945            
Robert Watkins 1952-54           1952-54
Donald Sutherin 1955-57           1955-57
James Herbstreit 1958-60     1960     1958-60
William Jones 1961            
Robert Rein 1964-66           1964-66
Archie Griffin 1972-75 1973, 1974, 1975 1973, 1974, 1975 1974, 1975     1972-75
Andy Katzenmoyer 1996-98 1997 1996, 1997, 1998       1996-98

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 45
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Archie Griffin. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
Archie Griffin. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.

Archie Griffin, HB (1972-75)
Born: 1954 (Columbus)
High School: Eastmoor

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 40-5-1 with Griffin on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
1974 Defeated USC 42-21 to win the Rose Bowl.
Went 3-0-1 against That Team.
*Records are listed below.



Archie with his Heismans.
Archie Griffin finished his Buckeye career with 5,589 rushing yards..

1973 Team MVP.
1973 Big Ten's Most Valuable Player.
1973 All-Big Ten.
1974 Captain.
1974 Team MVP.
1974 Heisman Trophy.
1974 All-American.
1974 Big Ten's Most Valuable Player.
1974 Chic Harley Award.
1974 UPI Player of the Year.
1974 Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year.
1974 All-Big Ten.
1975 Captain.
1975 Heisman Trophy.



The Maxwell Award.
Archie won the 1975 Maxwell Award.

1975 Maxwell Award.
1975 All-American.
1975 Chic Harley Award.
1975 UPI Player of the Year.
1975 Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year.
1975 All-Big Ten.
1975 Sporting News Man of the Year.
1981 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1986 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
1990 Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
1996 Inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.
1999 Ohio State retired No. 45 in his honor. 
2011 The first recipient of the B1G's Ford-Kinnick Leadership award.
2014 Named the All-Century Player of the Rose Bowl.


Archie Griffin's Ohio State career per

Archie gaining yards against USC.
Archie gaining yards against USC.

In 1974, Ohio State tailback Archie Griffin became just the fifth junior ever to win the Heisman Trophy. In 1975, Griffin became the first player ever to win a second Heisman. Twenty-eight years later he is still the only player to have two of the coveted bronze statues, which go annually to the nation's top college football player.

But even though more than two decades have passed, honors continue to befall Griffin now the President of the Ohio State Alumni Association.

Most recently, Griffin was selected to the National High School Hall of Fame. He was inducted into that organization in the fall of 1996. He also is a member of the National Football Foundation and the Rose Bowl halls of fame and, of course, belongs to the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Man.
Griffin is the only player to lead Ohio State in rushing four consecutive seasons.

Griffin was the Buckeyes' starting tailback for four years, leading Ohio State to a 40-5-1 record and four Big Ten titles between 1972 and 1975. He started in four-consecutive Rose Bowls, the only player ever to do so, and was a three-time first-team All-American.

At 5 feet 9 inches and 180 pounds, Griffin was small by college football standards even then, but he played with the heart of a lion and no football accomplishment was beyond his reach.

In just the second game of his freshman year, Griffin ran for a school record 239 yards. It was the start of a brilliant career that would see him amass an OSU record 5,589 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Excluding bowl games, Griffin rushed for 5,177 yards on 845 carries. The former figure ranks him fifth among all NCAA career ball carriers and Griffin rarely played more than half a game, his coach, Woody Hayes, always opting to take his star out as soon as the Buckeyes were in control.

Archie and Woody.
Archie and Woody basking in each others awesomeness.

Between his sophomore and senior seasons, Griffin ran for 100 or more yards in 31 consecutive regular-season games. That, too, is still an NCAA record, as is his 33 career 100-yard games.

In addition to two Heisman Trophies, Griffin also has a pair of Silver Footballs. The latter award is presented annually by the Chicago Tribune to the Big Ten's MVP. He is one of just three players to win that award twice. Griffin also was a two-time pick as National Player of the Year by both United Press International and the Walter Camp Foundation. He won those honors as a junior and senior.




Archie with one of his Heismans.

Following his senior year, Griffin, who graduated a quarter early with a degree in industrial relations, received the NCAA's prestigious Top Five Award for combined excellence in athletics, academics and leadership. It is the highest award the NCAA can bestow.

After graduation, Griffin was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals. He played eight years of professional football, before returning to Columbus and joining the staff at Ohio State.

His jersey number "45" was retired Oct. 30, 1999.


Archie Griffin's career after football per Wikipedia:

The President.

Griffin returned to Ohio State University to receive a MBA. Griffin is currently the President and CEO of Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is also the current spokesman for the Wendy's High School Heisman award program. Formerly, he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Ohio State University and still speaks to the football team before every game.

Griffin also serves on the Board of Directors for Motorists Insurance which has offices in downtown Columbus and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, based in Irving, Texas.

Along with former NBA basketball star Magic Johnson, Griffin is a part owner of the Dayton Dragons, a Class Single-A minor league baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds.

Archie Griffin's records per The Ohio State Team Guide:

• 1972: Set a then OSU single-game rushing record with 239 yards against North Carolina. Rushed for 867 yards during the year, then a freshman record.

• 1973: Became the first OSU sophomore to rush for 1,000 yards (1,577) and was named to a first-team spot on the UPI All-America team. Winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football as the Big Ten Player of the Year.

Archie in 1974

• 1974: Rushed for a then-school record 1,695 yards and was a unanimous All-America choice. Won the Heisman Trophy, a second-consecutive Silver Football and was the UPI and WalterCamp player of the year.

• 1975: Made college football history by winning his second Heisman Trophy. Again chosen by UPI and Walter Camp as Player of the Year. A consensus All-America selection.

• Holds NCAA records for 100-yard games (33) and consecutive 100-yard games (31).

• Held NCAA record for most average yards percarry-6.13

• Held NCAA career rushing record at conclusion of his career and he still ranks 11th in NCAA annals with 5,177 yards.

• The only player to lead OSU in rushing four consecutive years.

• The only player to start four Rose Bowl games.

• Ohio State’s career-rushing leader with 5,589 yards.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

Andy Katzenmoyer the last player to wear No. 45 for Ohio State.
Andy Katzenmoyer was the last player to wear No. 45 for Ohio State.

Andy Katzenmoyer, LB (1996-98)
Born: 1977 (Kettering, Ohio)
High School: Westerville South

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes went 32-5 with Katzenmoyer on the team.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1997 Defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
1999 Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl.
1996 Set a linebacker record with 12 sacks in a season.
1996 Set a linebacker record with 23 tackles for loss.

1998 All-Big Ten.
1998 Randy Gradishar Award.
1997 All-American.
1997 All-Big Ten.
1997 Butkus Award.
1997 Randy Gradishar Award.
1997 Jack Lambert Trophy.
1997 All-Big Ten
1996 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
1996 All-Big Ten.
1995 High School All-American.
2009 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.


Andy Katzenmoyer's Ohio State career per

Andy Katzenmoyer was intimidating.
Katzenmoyer's 12 sacks in 1996 set a linebacker record at Ohio State.

Andy Katzenmoyer started the first game of his freshman year in 1996 and was a regular for 37-consecutive games. He opted for an NFL career at the end of his junior season. He won a plethora of awards, including the Butkus Award and consensus All-America honors as a sophomore in 1997, the 1996 Football News and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award.

Katzenmoyer amassed three-year statistical totals of 197 solo tackles, 256 total tackles, 50 tackles-for-loss, 192 yards in losses, 18 quarterback sacks and six interceptions. He was twice named the team’s Randy Gradishar Award winner as best linebacker (1997-98). He scored twice on interceptions, vs. Minnesota as a freshman and vs. Arizona as a sophomore, tying a school-record for interception return TDs. He also tied the school record with five tackles-for-loss in a game (vs. Arizona State in the 1997 Rose Bowl).

Gang Tackle

As a junior in 1998, Katzenmoyer was a finalist for the Maxwell Football Club’s Defensive Player of the Year Award (in addition to the Lombardi Award) and he anchored the nation’s top-ranked defense against the run and second-ranked unit in total defense.

He was a consensus All-American as a sophomore in 1997 and became only the second sophomore to win the Butkus Award as the nation’s outstanding linebacker. He was a Lombardi Award finalist, ranking second on the team with 97 tackles, including 13 tackles-for-loss. He clinched the Arizona win with a 20-yard interception return touchdown. He had 11 tackles against both Arizona and Iowa.

In 1996 he became the first freshman to start every game at linebacker for the Buckeyes and finished second on the team with 85 tackles and paced the team with 23 tackles-for-loss and sacks (12), both school records for a linebacker.



Katzenmoyer's NFL career per

A neck injury ended Katzenmoyer's NFL career.
A neck injury ended Katzenmoyer's NFL career in 2002.

In 1999, the New England Patriots drafted Andy 28th overall in the NFL draft. Andy played in every game as a rookie, starting the first 11 at middle linebacker. Andy finished his rookie campaign ranked third on the team with 107 tackles, including 76 solo stops. His 3.5 sacks ranked third on the team. Andy returned his only interception of the season 57 yards for a touchdown – his first career touchdown. To cap off this exceptional year, Andy earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for his performance against the Dolphins and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team. Unfortunately, Andy suffered a career-ending injury with the Patriots, and retired from playing football.


Andy Katzenmoyer's career after football per

Katzenmoyer's new career.

After Andy’s playing career ended his passion for training still continued. Studying and learning from some the greatest strength and conditioning coaches in the world Charles Poliquin, Dave Kennedy, Mike Woicik, Michael Boyle, Louie Simmons, Tom Shaw and Nelson Ayotte to name a few.

Andy Opened KPCF in the fall of 2012, adding it to his existing personal training business Katzenmoyer Performance. He received his CrossFit Level One certificate, in the summer of 2012 and is one of KPCF head coaches.

Katzenmoyer destroys Missouri's Corby Jones. One of my favorite hits of all-time:


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide,, and Wikipedia


No. 45 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Bobby Watkins 1955 2 23 HB Bears
Don Sutherin 1958 8 94 DB Giants
Bob Rein 1967 7 179 WR Colts
Archie Griffin 1976 1 24 RB Bengals
Andy Katzenmoyer 1999 1 28 LB Patriots

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game

135 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. Today is officially Archie Griffin Day in the state of Ohio.

From The Big Ten Network's Icon Show:

"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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Knarcisi's picture

^ upvote Remy for all his work!

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Remy's picture

Thanks Knarcisi. Just trying to get us through the off-season.

"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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buckguyfan1's picture

On and off the field... Class.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Archie deserves all of the love that comes his way, but man, the Big Kat was a monster.  The iconic picture of the Big Kat and the mirrored visor and the clip of him hitting Jones are 2 of my favorite images of Buckeye Football.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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IH8UOFM's picture

How intimidating was this back in the day? Best visor ever.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Easy decision with the featured players today, Remy! Two of the best players ever at OSU. I am going to have a beer (ok, at least one) tonight in recognition of Archie Griffin day.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

One of my biggest regrets in life is never being able to sit down and watch an entire game with Archie in the backfield. PBS used to play older games, I wonder if the BTN snatched up all the rights to all the games.

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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OnlyOne's picture

Old enough to have watched him play.  Quite a treat!

Super nice man.  While in grad school I would walk past the old fieldhouse and often pass Mr. Griffin as he walked to his office and me to my lab.  He always said "Hello."

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TheShookster's picture

Some of us aren't old, but to the youth we are...back in the days of America Online my username was Katzenmoyer0045...yeah, those were the days. I loved the Big Kat, he was one of the first players I was old enough to truly remember and cheer for.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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