Countdown: 49 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
July 12, 2014 at 12:02a
Hello 40s
Welcome to the 40s.

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.

Players who Wore No. 49 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Lewis Zirkle 1933-34            
Robert Ross 1935-36            
Amel Tucci 1939           1939
George Riley 1951            
Richard Young 1953-54           1953-54
David Richards 1955           1955
James Shultz 1957            
Ronald Houck 1959-61           1959-61
William Lindsey 1964           1964
Timothy Harman 1970           1970
William Wendorff 1971            
Lawrence Kain* 1973           1973
Herman Jones 1975-77           1975-77
Linwood Marshall 1979-80            
Douglas Smith 1984-85           1984-85
Ceroy Robinson* 1986            
Andy Gurd 1987-91           1987-91
Stenen Greer 1988            
Jayson Gwinn 1992-93           1993
David Boston* 1996           1996
Tim Cheatwood 1997-2001           1998-2001
E.J. Underwood* 2002           2002
John Adams* 2002            
Dionte Johnson 2004-07     2007   2005, 2006, 2007 2004-07
Ryan Lukens 2005-08         2007, 2008 2007-08
Adam Homan 2009-12         2009 2009
Craig Cataline 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 49
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Dionte Johnson
Dionte Johnson.

Dionte Johnson, FB (2004-07)
Born: 1986 (Columbus)
High School: Eastmoor Academy

Ohio State:
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 Captain.
2007 Academic All-B1G.
2006 Academic All-B1G.
2005 Academic All-B1G.

An article about Dionte Johnson by former Eleven Warriors writer Alex Gleitman (10-29-12).

Dionte Johnson owns Kingsrowe and Sole Classics in the Short North. Excerpts from an article written by Ken Gordon of The Columbus Dispatch (1-29-13):

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.”

The Name of Johnson's Clothing Line.
Kingrsrowe is the name of Johnson's clothing line.

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.

 Johnson is still involved in football:

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.

Coaching at Eastmoor
Johnson is an assistant coach at Eastmoor Academy.

“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.”

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, Eleven Warriors, The Columbus Dispatch and Wikipedia


No. 49 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Larry Kain 1976 13 375 TE Steelers
Herman Jones 1978 7 185 WR Bears
David Boston* 1999 1 8 WR Cardinals

*Wore No. 9 when drafted.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

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Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. Forgot to put this in the article: Pepper and Dionte Johnson are the third set of fathers and sons to be captains at Ohio State.

Pepper and Dionte Johnson

"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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Rob Reese's picture

I look forward to your countdowns.  Great job.


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Class of 2009

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johnblairgobucks's picture

Jayson Gwinn,  tragic death cut his life short. Forever young in memories and forever a Buckeye.

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