Countdown: 27 Days Until Ohio State Football

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August 3, 2014 at 1:38a
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No. 27

In 27 days Ohio State will play Navy to start the 2014 season. Below you will find a list with the 27 players who wore the No. 27 for Ohio State since 1931. Today's featured players are Sid Gillman, Ray Ellis and Eddie George.

Today's Trivia Questions:

Who was the last player to wear No. 27 for Ohio State? 

Can you name the last player to be issued No. 27 for Ohio State? 


 

Players who Wore No. 27 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Sid Gillman 1931-33 1932 1932 1933     1931-33
Frank Cumiskey 1934-36           1934-36
Jeremiah Spears 1938-39           1938-39
Emil Slovak 1943            
Richard Flanagan 1944           1944
Paul Priday* 1945           1945
Dan Stevenson 1951            
Robert Lilienthal 1954-55            
Larry Marmie 1961            
Ronald Kaylor 1964           1964
Tim Holycross 1972-74           1972-74
Ard Brown 1975-76            
Ray Ellis 1977-80   1980 1980     1977-80
Douglas Hill 1981-83           1981-83
Emmett Keith-Jones* 1983            
Michael Wood* 1984           1984
David Brown 1986-89     1989     1986-89
Steve Kozel 1988            
John Dawson 1988            
Dave Hallway 1989            
Joey Galloway* 1990            
Troy Lopes 1991            
Girmar Johnson 1991            
Eddie George# 1992-95 1995 1995 1995     1992-95
Clarence Royal 1994            
Jerry Westbrooks 1996-2000           1999-2000
Michael Willis 1999            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
#The No. 27 was retired in his honor
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 27
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Sid Gillman was Captain in 1933.
Sid Gillman was Captain in 1933. 

Sid Gillman, End (1931-33)
Born:
1911 (Minneapolis, MN)
Died: 2003 (Carlsbad, CA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 17-5-3 with Gillman on the team.
1938-1940 was an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Honors
1933 Team Captain.
1932 All-American.
1932 All-B1G.
1981 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1983 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1985 Inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.
1989 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

Gillman's Ohio State and NFL career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Sid Gillman with the Chargers.
Sid Gillman was 81-19-2 as a college coach and 123-103-7 as a professional coach.

Sid Gillman is considered one of the finest offensive football minds in football history. In 1933, Gillman was captain of the football team and earned all-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America honors. He coached at the University of Cincinnati for several years before moving to the professional ranks with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of the National Football Hall of Fame.

Gillman's impact on football per Wikipedia:

(Gillman) was an American football player, coach, executive, and innovator. Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep down-field passes, instead of short passes to running backs or wide receivers at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today.


 

 

 

Gillman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Gillman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Sid Gillman's influence on football coaches per Wikipedia:

  • Al LoCasale, an Oakland Raiders executive
  • Al Davis, former owner of the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  • Chuck Noll, coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles
  • Ara Parseghian, former coach at the University of Notre Dame
  • Bo Schembechler, former coach at the University of Michigan
  • Bill Walsh, who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles
  • Chuck Knox, former coach of several NFL teams
  • Dick Vermeil, coached the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl title and the Philadelphia Eaglesto the Super Bowl
  • George Allen, coach of the Rams and Washington Redskins
  • Bum Phillips coached for Gillman at San Diego, and was Gillman's selected successor at Houston after Gillman stepped down from the daunting task of rebuilding a two time 1-13 team.

 

Gillman's pro football career per profootballhof.com:

 

Gillman made it to Canton.

Sidney Gillman. . .Innovative coach, dynamic administrator. . . Recognized as leading authority on passing theories, tactics . . .18-year pro record: 123-104-7. . .First to win divisional titles in both NFL, AFL. . . Won 1963 league, five division crowns in AFL's first six years. . .Major factor in developing AFL's image, impetus, respect. . .AFC Coach of the Year, 1974 . . .Played in first College All-Star game, 1934. 

 

 

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, ohiostatebuckeyes.com, profootballhallhof.com and Wikipedia

 

 

 

Ray Ellis was Captain in 1980.
Ray Ellis was Captain in 1980. He joined the Ed O'bannon lawsuit in 2013.

Ray Ellis, CB (1977-80)
High School:
Canton McKinley
Born: 1959 (Canton)

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

Honors
1980 Captain.
1980 All-Big Ten.

 

Ray Ellis was named a captain and earned All-Big Ten for the 1980 Ohio State team. He played safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns from 1981-1987. 

Ray Ellis joins the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit per Rob Oller of The Dispatch (6-22-13):

On the cover.

The injustice appeared on Ray Ellis’ feet as he prepared to take the field with his Ohio State teammates for the 1980 Fiesta Bowl against Penn State.

Ellis, the Buckeyes’ starting right cornerback, wanted to wear the Converse cleats he preferred for grass fields, but the team was told it had to wear Nikes, which Ellis only wore on synthetic surfaces.

“That (contractual) deal had to do with something other than football,” Ellis said. “It didn’t benefit me, but put me at a disadvantage. I would never want a player to be compromised.”

Ellis already was scratching his head over the seeming contradiction he had witnessed throughout bowl week. While Ohio State coaches and athletic department administrators enjoyed Arizona with their families, Ellis’ loved ones were left behind in Canton.

Ellis was upset he couldn't wear his Converse cleats on grass because Ohio State had a contract with Nike.
Ellis was upset he couldn't wear his Converse cleats on grass because Ohio State had a contract with Nike.

“For us, it was sad, and I recall thinking at the time it was a little unfair,” said Ellis, who is one of more than a dozen plaintiffs listed in a lawsuit, Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA, that seeks to grant former, current and future college athletes (O’Bannon played basketball at UCLA) financial compensation for the use of their likenesses on television and video games.

“That’s when I began thinking about the business model of it,” Ellis said yesterday from his home near Phoenix, where he is sports channel director for web-based VoiceAmerica radio. “That was my first time thinking about revenue and how it was dispersed.” To read the rest of the article, go here.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, buckeyextra.dispatch.com and Wikipedia

Eddie George's 3,768 rushing yards ranks him second in Ohio State history.
Eddie George's 3,768 rushing yards ranks him second in Ohio State history.

Eddie George, RB (1992-95)
Born:
1973 (Philadelphia)
High School: Fork Union Military Academy

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 38-10-2 with George on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1993 Defeated BYU in the Holiday Bowl.
 

Honors
1995 Heisman Trophy Winner.
1995 Doak Walker Award.
1995 Maxwell Award.
1995 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
1995 Big Ten MVP. 
1995 Captain.
1995 Team MVP
2001 No. 27 was retired in his honor.
2006 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

2012 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Eddie George's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Eddie George led Ohio State in rushing in 1994 (1,442) and 1995 (1,927).
Eddie George led Ohio State in rushing in 1994 and 1995. The 1,927 yards he gained in 1995 is an Ohio State single season record.

At the start of the 1995 season, Eddie George was, at best, a long-shot contender for the Heisman Trophy. By season’s end, he was a runaway choice, easily outdistancing runner-up Tommy Frazier of Nebraska for college football’s most coveted award.

As Ohio State’s sixth Heisman recipient, George rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns. Included in that yardage total were three 200-yard games, one of which was an Ohio State record 314 yards against Illinois Nov. 11, 1995.

 

 

George’s other honors in 1995 included the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Big Ten MVP. He also was a team co-captain.

Eddie George's Heisman Portrait.
Eddie George's Heisman Portrait.

George, who attended Abington (Pa.) High School and then Fork Union Military Academy, played only sparingly his first two years at Ohio State. Given the chance to start, he rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior and completed his career as the second leading rusher in Ohio State history with 3,668 yards.

Selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the NFL Draft, he was the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years of professional football, earning four Pro Bowl berths. He currently holds a number of business interests and hosts the “Big Ten Quad” on the Big Ten Network.

In June of 2001, Eddie earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State. He was a 2006 inductee into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

The No. 27 belongs to Eddie George.
The No. 27 belongs to Eddie George.

His jersey number “27” was retired Nov. 10, 2001. In July 2012 he was inducted into the NFF and College FB Hall of Fame. The Big Ten’s top offensive player receives the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year award. 

 

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

The 1995 Record-Setting Illinois Game: 


Eddie's Big Run and Back-Breaking Touchdown against Notre Dame:

 

No. 27 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Ray Ellis 1981 12 331 DB Eagles
Joey Galloway* 1995 1 8 WR Seahawks
Eddie George 1996 1 14 RB Titans

*Wore No. 7 when drafted
Sources- 
The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Today's Trivia Answers:

Who was the last player to be issued 27 for Ohio State?
Michaell Willis, he only wore it in 1999.

Who was the last player to wear No. 27 for Ohio State?
Jerry Westbrooks, he wore it from 1996-2000.

Side Story:
Westbrooks was the player that Penn State's Adam Taliaferro was trying to tackle when Taliaferro broke his neck on Setember 23, 2000 in Columbus.

Side Story per Wikipedia: 
George's mother changed her schedule as a flight attendant (at the request of Eddie's agent, Lamont Smith) to be in San Antonio for Eddie's signing of his first NFL contract on July 19, 1996. If she hadn't, she would have been aboard TWA Flight 800, which crashed shortly after takeoff two days earlier.

The Game.

117 days until The Game.

Comments

Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

Eddie George finished his career at Ohio State with 4,284 all-purpose yards (3,768 rushing), 45 touchdowns and a Heisman Trophy.

I will always remember Eddie George as one of the hardest running and graceful running backs to ever play for Ohio State. 

His Signature Run.

"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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InTressITrust's picture

I miss those jerseys George wore. Those Greg sleeves look great.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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Habu71's picture

There's a lot about seeing Buckeye jersey number 27 out on the field that I miss. 

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MN Buckeye's picture

27 that wore 27. Cool.

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BroJim's picture

Hey Remy,
Thanks for doing this. When you started at 99 I thought, "now way will I make it to kickoff." But we are now less than a month away.

In another post Fairfaxbuckeye brought up Gray Williams, a WR for osu. Did you feature him in the countdown or is he still coming up?

I season my simple food with hunger

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Baroclinicity's picture

He did this last year as well.  I believe it was AndyVance that started it, I weakly filled in a day when it looked like it was not going to come out, and then Remy took over.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Remy's picture

Gary Williams wore No. 44. On that day I featured Dick LeBeau and Ray Griffin. I will try to put a feature together on Williams in the near future. Near future=tonight or tomorrow night.

There are better pictures, but I'm saving those for his feature.

Gary Williams

"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

Thank you both!

I season my simple food with hunger

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Remy's picture

BroJim, I just posted the Gary Williams feature. Go here to read it.

"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

You're awesome!

I season my simple food with hunger

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