Countdown: 47 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
July 14, 2014 at 12:49a
Chic Harley
Ohio State's No. 47.

In 47 days Ohio State will start the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find the 26 players who have worn the No. 47 of the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Chic Harley, Doug Donley and A.J. Hawk. Three players who left their mark on Ohio State football.

Today's Trivia Question:
Can you name the Buckeye All-American who was a teammate of Hawk's at Centerville High School?

Players who Wore No. 47 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Ted Rosequist 1932-33 1932 1932       1932-33
August George 1934-36           1935
Harold Heckinger 1939            
Robert Demmel 1950           1950
George Rosso 1951-53           1951-53
Robert Wable 1955-56            
David Zuhars 1957            
Kenneth Seilkop* 1958            
Gary Hansley 1959-61            
Bennie Espy 1962-63           1962-63
Glenn Hodge 1966            
James Coburn 1970           1970
Elmer Lippert 1971-73           1971-73
Bob Robertson 1974-75            
Doug Donley 1977-80   1979, 1980 1980     1977-80
Thomas Anthony 1981-82           1981-82
Ray Jackson 1984-87           1984-87
Tony Fenstermaker* 1988            
Pat Rogan 1988           1988
Travis Lutz* 1989            
Jesse Prewitt 1990-92            
Dennis Maag* 1993-94         1993, 1994 1993-94
Calvin Long 1993            
Dan Stultz 1996-2000   2000       1997-2000
Jamal Muhammed* 2001            
A.J. Hawk 2002-05 2004, 2005 2003, 2004, 2005 2005     2002-05

The No. 47 was retired in honor of Chic Harley in 2004. 

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 47
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Chic Harley
Chic Harley the man who did it all.

Chic Harley, HB, S, P, K (1916, 1917 and 1919)
Born: 1894 (Chicago)
High School: East (Columbus)
Died: 1974 (Columbus)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 21-1-1 with Harley on the team.
1916 Big Ten Title.
1917 Big Ten Title.
Went 1-0 against That Team (Ohio State's first victory in the series).

1916 All-American.
1917 All-American.
1918 was a pilot in the Air Force for WWI.
1919 All-American.


Chic Harley's Ohio State career per

Chic could punt.

Charles “Chic” Harley was Ohio State’s first three-time All-American. Harley won All-America honors as a running back in 1916 and ’17. He spent 1918 in the military but then returned to OSU in 1919 and picked up where he had left off, again winning All-America acclaim. In addition to running the football, he also punted, kicked extra points (he used the drop kick) and played defense. Fans turned out in record numbers to watch Harley play.

Harley led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten title in 1916, a repeat championship in 1917 and a second-place finish in 1919. In 1919, he was named team captain.

During his three seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 21-1-1. The Buckeyes played at old Ohio Field during the Harley era. But largely because of his play, Ohio Stadium was built in 1922 and has been known as the “House that Harley built.” His jersey number 47 was retired in 2004.

A description of the 1919 victory over That Team per Wikipedia:

Chic could pass.

The 1919 season is most remembered at Ohio State, however, for recording the school's first victory over arch-rival Michigan. Following the Buckeyes' 13-3 win, the legendary Michigan head coach Fielding H. Yost asked for and was granted a rare moment to address the Ohio State team.

"You deserve your victory, you fought brilliantly," Yost began. "You boys gave a grand exhibition of football strategy and while I am sorry, dreadfully sorry, that we lost, I want to congratulate you. And you, Mr. Harley, I believe, are one of the finest little machines I have ever seen."

Harley's pro football career and life changing illness per

In 1921, following Harley’s college career, George Halas, the manager of the Decatur Staleys (later to become the Chicago Bears), football team wanted to recruit Chic so badly that he offered he and his brother, Bill, half of the season’s proceeds. But by the end of the 1921 season, everything had changed and Chic was embarking on a terrible struggle to maintain his sanity. Within days after his final game as a pro, Chic found himself confined to a sanitarium in Dayton, Ohio. It was the start of a battle with mental illness that would tragically remain with him the rest of his life.

Mental Health Awareness

For the next four decades, Harley lived in an Illinois Veterans Administration Hospital. While his close friends never forgot what he had done for American sport and in particular for Ohio State University, Chic’s star slowly faded into near obscurity. It was the love of his friends and, in particularly his loving sister Ruth, that gave Chic the strength and determination to live his life as best he could. It was also the love of his nephew, Richard, the only child of Ruth, who played a pivotal role in keeping Chic’s flame alive to this day.

The new book The One And Only: Chic Harley - America's Great Athlete chronicles the exhilarating ups and tragic downs of this quiet, modest sports hero as told by a family member who knew him well.

A description of how Harley played per the book The One and Only:

Chic could take a hit.

He ran like a rabbit, was strong as an ox, possessed a smile that would melt anyone, and was the most modest person you'd ever want to meet.

But packed into the 5-foot, 8-inch and 158 pound modest frame of Charles W. "Chic" Harley was a dynamo who by the time he played in his last football game for the Buckeyes in 1919, had almost single-handedly catapulted The Ohio State University into a national powerhouse and set the stage for the building of its famed Horseshoe stadium.

To order the The One and Only go here.


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


Doug Donley
Doug "White Lightning" Donley.

Doug Donley, WR (1977-80)

Born: 1959 (Cambridge, Ohio)
High School: Cambridge

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 36-11-1 with Donley on the team.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1979 Big Ten Title.

1980 Captain.
1980 All-Big Ten.
1979 All-Big Ten.


Donley's Ohio State career per

Donley attended The Ohio State University and earned first team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America accolades at wide receiver (1980). He ranks among the Buckeyes’ all-time leading receivers in several categories, including career yards per catch (21.2, second); yardage (2,252, fourth); touchdowns (16, fifth); and receptions (106, tied for ninth). He led the team in receptions from 1978-80.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


AJ Hawk
AJ Hawk, a football player.

A.J. Hawk, LB (2002-05)
Born: 1984 (Kettering, Ohio)
High School: Centerville

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 43-8 with Hawk on the team.
2002 National Champions.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2003 defeated Miami 31-24 (2OT) to win the Fiesta Bowl National Championship.
2004 defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl.
2006 defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.


Hello, brother.
Hello, brother (in-law).

2005 Captain.
2005 Team MVP.
2005 Lombardi Award.
2005 All-American.
2005 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
2005 Jack Lambert Trophy.
2005 All-Big Ten.
2004 All-American.
2004 All-Big Ten.
2003 All-Big Ten.

A.J. Hawk's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

A. J. Hawk capped a brilliant senior year by becoming Ohio State’s fifth Lombardi Award winner, presented annually since 1970 to the best player in college football who lines up within five yards of the snap.

The 6-1, 247-pound Hawk finished the 2005 campaign with a team-high 121 tackles, marking the third consecutive year he had paced the Buckeyes in that category. His tackle totals included 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks, both best on the team.

Lombardi Award

In addition to the Lombardi Award, Hawk was the 2005 Big Ten pre-season and post-season Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. 

A first-team All-American both as a junior and senior, Hawk closed his career as the fifth leading tackler in Ohio State history with 494 career stops, 41 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks. His 141 tackles in 2004 were the most by an Ohio State player since 1986.

Hawk led the team in tackles in 10 of 12 games in 2005, including a season-high 19 stops against Michigan State. A four-year letterman, Hawk was elected co-captain as a senior, receiving a vote from every player on the team except for himself.

Players like A. J. Hawk don’t come along very often. His intensity and passion for the game made him special. His long blond locks flowing out from beneath his helmet in tribute to the late Pat Tillman, he was literally all over the field making plays and encouraging his teammates.


The 2005 Ohio State defense was one of the most formidable in the nation, leading the Big Ten in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and sacks. Needless to say, Hawk played a huge role in that success.

Following the season, Hawk was the fifth player taken in the 2006 NFL draft, going to the Green Bay Packers, his current team.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide

No. 47 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
George Rosso 1954 25 296 DB Redskins
Doug Donley 1981 2 53 WR Cowboys
Ray Jackson 1988 7 185 DB Seahawks
A.J. Hawk 2006 1 5 LB Packers

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Today's Trivia Answer:
Can you name the Buckeye All-American who was a teammate of Hawk's at Centerville High School? Mike Nugent.

The Game

137 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. I did not know that Chic Harley was sent to a mental hospital in his early 20s and spent 40+ years there. I also learned that until the 1930s players would change their jersey number from game to game. Another reason why I like doing these. 

Chic Harley

"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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buckskin's picture

Great write up Remy. I also didn't know about Harley's illness. Unfortunately, he couldn't enjoy the support of Buckeye nation after his career was over.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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whiskeyjuice's picture
I have always thought of AJ Hawk as being a really good linebacker, even in the pros. But I just want to share something that I find interesting. 
I have lived in Milwaukee, Wi for over the last 7 years and the die hard Packer fans here don't think of AJ the way Buckeye nation does. 
I hear all the time that he sucks (slow in speed, slow in reaction, can't cover anybody). I don't have time to follow all their games like I do Ohio State's games but from what I can tell, I don't think he is as bad as some of the Packer fans make him out to be. 
I wonder sometimes that they just don't like him cause he played at OSU. Thoughts anyone?

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Remy's picture


Whiskey, Nice find on the pass break-up. However, the picture/drawing of Hawk laying out Quinn is in the article. That you didn't see it is a:


"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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whiskeyjuice's picture

Thanks! I was in a rush before work and wanted to give some AJ props. I removed it and posted something that has been on my mind for awhile.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

BroJim's picture

Thanks, Remy. I really dont know as much as I would like about OSU football history. Did you find why Harley was in the hospital so long? Was it a war related issue? Thanks again!

I season my simple food with hunger

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Remy's picture

BroJim, Great question. At first I thought it would be war related as well. However, from what I have found his disease is believed to be a result of natural consequences.  This is what I found about his disease, dementia praecox, from Wikipedia:

Dementia praecox (a "premature dementia" or "precocious madness") refers to a chronic, deteriorating psychotic disorder characterized by rapid cognitive disintegration, usually beginning in the late teens or early adulthood.


Kraepelin, regarding the major psychoses as naturally occurring disease entities, reduced the complex psychiatric taxonomies of the nineteenth century by dividing them into two classes: manic depressive psychosis or dementia praecox.

The primary disturbance in dementia praecox was said to be not one of mood, but of thinking or cognition.


Until 1952 the terms dementia praecox and schizophrenia were used interchangeably in American psychiatry, with occasional use of the hybrid terms "dementia praecox (schizophrenia)" or "schizophrenia (dementia praecox)".

I found this Dispatch article on Harley and his disease, but it won't pull up for me. I'm hoping it will work for you.

"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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BroJim's picture

Awesome, thanks! I'll check out the link when I have a few more minutes near the end of the day.

I season my simple food with hunger

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Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

I hope these next 47 days zoom right on by.


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buckeyebfd's picture

I still remember the Fiesta Bowl and Brady Quinn's sister was dating AJ and she wore that silly half ND, half OSU jersey. Think after AJ sacked Quinn he said, I'll be nailing your sister later

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I find it hard to believe that AJs sister could be cute

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buckskin's picture

Remy, I remember that exact play against MU in 02.  It's easy to forget that Hawk was a freshman in that game and how much leverage Mike Doss was blessed with.

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