Goodbye 50s hello 40s. In 7 Saturdays we will be watching Ohio State play at Navy to start the 2014 season. Although some people see this as a trap game, I see it as the most glorious of glorious things...the start of Ohio State football and a 1-0 start.
Below you will find a list with the 27 players who wore No. 49 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured player is Dionte Johnson. As you can see the No. 49 is waiting for a future Buckeye to make the jersey their legacy.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Dionte Johnson||2004-07||2007||2005, 2006, 2007||2004-07|
|Ryan Lukens||2005-08||2007, 2008||2007-08|
Dionte Johnson, FB (2004-07)
Born: 1986 (Columbus)
High School: Eastmoor Academy
The Buckeyes went 41-9 with Johnson on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title
2007 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Went 4-0 against That Team.
2007 Academic All-B1G.
2006 Academic All-B1G.
2005 Academic All-B1G.
Why did Johnson get into clothing after his football career ended?
“I always knew I wanted to retire and open a boutique to have something to do,” he said. “I thought I’d have one at (age) 50 or something like that, but it came fast.”
In 2010, Johnson bought Sole Classics on N. High Street — best-known for its athletic shoes.
Two years later, in October, he bought a vacant storefront a few blocks north and opened Kingsrowe, the name of his line of urban street clothes as well as the East Side street where he grew up and his mother still lives.
He also helps coach football at his old high school, having earned his way to a paid position as an assistant.
Eastmoor head coach Jim Miranda said Johnson has invited players to the store and had former Buckeye teammates talk to players.
“He has been a great asset,” Miranda said. “It’s a real positive thing when you can actually share with those kids, ‘I did what you’re doing’ — and he’s a strong visual reminder of success for those kids.
“He is a constant positive force.”
Johnson views the discussions as another way to invest in the community.
“The most important part (of coaching) is trying to show through example that you can go out and do something,” Johnson said.
“If things are done the right way, you can get to your dreams.”
*Wore No. 9 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
139 days until The Game.