COUNTDOWN: 13 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Remy's picture
August 17, 2013 at 11:40p
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Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 24 players have worn the number 13.

*Today's article will cover the careers of Vlade Janakievski, Chico Nelson, and Damon Moore.
A kicker from another country and two strong safeties who wore No. 13 for the majority of the 1990s.

*Maurice Clarett has his own article for today.

Current Buckeyes wearing No. 13 are:

Kenny Guiton (QB)                           Eli Apple (CB)

 

Today's Trivia Questions:

What is Chico Nelson's first name? Hint: It is not Chico.

What country was Vlade Janakievski born in?

Answers at the bottom of the article.

 

Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 13:
One All-American.
One Ohio State Hall of Fame member.
Six All-Big Ten Team selections.
Six Academic All-Big Ten Team selections.

 

Vlade Janakievski (K)
1978-1980

"Vlade Janakievski (born April 10, 1957) is a former American football placekicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a walk-on player from the soccer team who handled the placekicking duties for the Buckeyes in the 1977-1980 seasons.

During Janakievski's career at Ohio State he was the first OSU kicker to be selected twice to the All-Big Ten team. In his first year as a kicker (1977), he made all 44 of his extra point attempts, and is second all-time in extra points (172) for the Buckeyes. He set numerous records during his time playing for coaches Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce.

Janakievski finished his Buckeye career second of the Ohio State's all-time scoring list (behind Pete Johnson), with 179 career points. Nearly 20 years later he remains fifth on that list. Only Keith Byars, Dan Stultz, and Mike Nugent have since surpassed his career total.

Janakievski was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000, and was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2004.

Janakievski was born in Macedonia while it was part of Yugoslavia and moved to the United States with his parents in 1967 at the age of 10.

Janakievski currently owns and operates a deli named "Easy Living Deli", located at 1355 W. Lane Ave, Columbus Oh., just a few minutes from The Ohio State University where he attended school and played for the Buckeyes." source

Reynoldsburg News article on Vlade's inuction into the Varisty O Hall of Fame.

 

Nice documentary on Vlade and his Easy Living deli (1:46)

 

 

 

Vlade making sandwiches and making The Game predictions (1:19)
Warning: Art Schichter is interviewed.

 Vlade correctly predict Ohio State would win by five TDs. The Buckeyes won 42-7 in 2008.

 

 
Chico Nelson (SS)
1990-1993

 

Chico Nelson came to Ohio State via Sarasota Florida. He was named to the Big-Ten All Big Ten Team and was a captain for Ohio State in 1993.

Chico famously said he wanted to attend Ohio State because of Cris Carter's red nikes and to see snow.

The following is from Sports Illustrated October 11, 1993:
"The Buckeyes' reprieve—and their current return to prominence—shows that even a well-coached team needs a little luck. That's what Cooper had in recruiting strong safety Chico Nelson, who hails from Sarasota, Fla. Wooed by all the football powers in his state, Nelson chose to matriculate in Columbus.

Why? "Two reasons," he says. "I remembered seeing [former Buckeye receiver] Cris Carter on TV wearing red Nikes. I wanted to wear red Nikes. And I wanted to see snow."

Nelson, a defensive co-captain who had one of Ohio State's five interceptions on Saturday, has seen plenty of snow. His opponents have seen stars. The man is a headhunter. "In the spring game two years ago," says defensive coordinator Bill Young, "he hit [tight end] Cedric Saunders so hard, we thought he'd knocked Cedric's head off. His helmet flew off, his mouthpiece came out. It scared us all." source

Damon Moore (SS)
1994-1998

Damon Moore earned All-American honors in 1998 and All-Big Ten honors in 1997 and 1998.

Moore and Antoine Winfield terrorized opposing offenses in the late '90s.

He is tied for first on Ohio State's all-time record book two interception returns for touchdowns.

He is also tied for first for intercepting three passes in a game at Iowa in 1996.

Moore led the Buckeyes in tackles in 1996 (89) and 1998 (81).

One of Moore's three interceptions against Iowa in 1996.

 

One of Moore's two pick-sixes during his Buckeye career (0:21):

 

NFL
Damon Moore was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

He played in the NFL from 1999-2002 with the Eagles and Bears (2002).

 

Where is Damon Moore now? Here is a thread.

It appears he has had some legal issues as well. Unfortunate and a real shame if those pictures are him.

If the above is not the Damon Moore that played for Ohio State I apologize and will edit these links out (I hope I am editing).

I hope things turn around for Damon Moore like they seem to have for another player who wore 13.

 

Academic All-Big Ten Selections:
QB Scott Powell (1987 and 1988)
WR Chad Cacchio (1999 and 2000)
DB Haren Jacobs (2001)
WR Ben Kacsandi (2008)

 

Today's Trivia Questions:

What is Chico Nelson's first name? Hint: It is not Chico.

Answer: Willie. That's right, his name is Willie Nelson.


Please don't confuse Willie "Chico" Nelson with the Willie above.

What country was Vlade Janakievski born in?

Answer: Janakievski was born in Macedonia while it was part of Yugoslavia and moved to the United States with his parents in 1967 at the age of 10.

Comments

ohiowhitesnake's picture

MoC is the greatest Buckeye to wear 13. 

Hovenaut's picture

Chico and The Mouse were very good at the safety spot for Coop, another nice look back.

I can't believe we're less than two weeks out....

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

BierStube's picture

Wow Remy, two versions of the countdown today ... You sir have outdone yourself!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Remy's picture

Thank you,
It took a little while, but it was fun researching the No. 13 and reliving Maurice Clarett's career.

"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

BierStube's picture

Well,,,, I gotta say you pulled it of well!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

buckguyfan1's picture

So many great/good Buckeyes past and present.... We are lucky to be fans of The Best Damn School In The Land!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Eli Apple looks really skinny in that photo.

shatricktones's picture

Pretty sure that's Cardale Jones and not Chico Nelson.

Remy's picture

You are correct.  My mistake. Chico is a hard picture to find.

"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

Bolt's picture

Edit: My god, I thought Richard McNutt rocked #13. Turns out he was #11.

Bolt's picture

Also, I'm pretty sure Kacsandi was a QB. Unless they moved him to WR later in his time at OSU, which I would've been unaware of.