Antoine Winfield, Troy Smith to be Inducted into Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

By DJ Byrnes on June 12, 2014 at 1:49p
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Ohio State announced a 13-member 2014 class today that will be inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in late September, with a public ceremony being held during halftime of the September 27th clash with Cincinnati.

Former football greats Troy Smith and Antoine Winfield lead the class.

  • Tessa Bonhomme (women’s hockey)
  • Nancy Darsch (women’s basketball coach)
  • Boaz Ellis (fencing)  
  • Rosalind Goodwin (women’s track and field)
  • Ralph Guarasci (men’s golf)
  • Russ Hellickson (wrestling coach)
  • Becky Kim (synchronized swimming)
  • Tami Smith (women’s track and field)
  • Troy Smith (football)
  • Bob Vogel (football)
  • Antoine Winfield (football)
  • Ralph Wolf (football)
  • Jeremy Wurtzman (men’s tennis)

Here's Ohio State on the legendary Antoine Winfield, one of the surest tacklers in Ohio State history (with some attached, albeit NFL, highlights):

Winfield, a team captain as a senior, was one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Ohio State history. A two-time All-American, he was a consensus choice as a senior in 1998. He was the first Buckeye to win the Thorpe Award as the nation’s outstanding defensive back; the first non-linebacker (and only the fifth player total) to record at least 200 solo tackles; the first defensive back in Ohio State history to be voted team MVP (following the 1997 season); and the first cornerback in recorded history to lead the team in tackles when he did so in 1997.

A two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection, Winfield closed his career with 278 tackles, including 224 solo stops, 22 tackles-for-loss, 29 pass breakups and three interceptions. He played in four bowl games, including the 1996 Citrus Bowl when he came in as a true freshman and recorded seven tackles. He played in 50 career games, starting 29 times. As a senior in 1998, he was one of five finalists for the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was named first-team All-America by the Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, the Football Writers and the Football News and was named the Buckeyes’ Bill Willis Defensive Player of the Year award winner. He totaled 75 tackles, including nine solo tackles in a win over Michigan to close the season.

As a junior, Winfield was voted by his teammates as the 1997 MVP after a season in which he totaled 100 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and two interceptions. He had 82 solo tackles, the fifth-highest solo tackle total in school history, and made the Football Writers and Football News All-America teams. He led the team in tackles five times, including a magnificent 10-tackle performance against Michigan and a career-high, 13-tackle effort against Missouri.

And here's the wrap on another guy who needs no introduction, Heisman Trophy-winner Troy Smith:

Smith, Ohio State’s seventh Heisman Trophy winner in 2006, was 25-3 as a starter during his career and posted a 3-0 mark against rival Michigan. He led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships and a spot in the 2006 BCS National Championship game.

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In 2005, Smith guided the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record that included a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Michigan and a decisive win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Smith threw for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more in his first full season as a starter.

But the Cleveland native saved his best for last, leading the No. 1 ranked Buckeyes to a 12-0 regular-season record and a spot in the national championship game as a senior in 2006. With one remarkable performance after another, he threw for a school single-season record 30 touchdowns and became just the second quarterback in Ohio State history to post a 3-0 record against Michigan as a starter. In a see-saw 42-39 win over the Wolverines, Smith threw four touchdown passes and topped the 300-yard mark in total offense for the third-consecutive year.

Congrats not just to Troy Smith and Antoine Winfield, but to every member of the 2014 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame class, on their Buckeye immortality.

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chitown buckeye's picture

Congrats to all inductees! Winfield was the greatest open field tackler I ever witnessed!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

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dan_isaacs's picture

Agreed.  Not sure why he's "one of" the greatest cornerbacks in school history.  He's THE greatest.

Anyone have video of his college highlights?  

Dan Isaacs

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Buckeye Knight's picture

The internet doesn't have enough storage to contain all of Winfield's highlights.

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

You can make a case for SHaun Springs.  As far as I am concerned, Antoine is the second best CB in tOSU History.  The best?  Neal Colzie; God rest his soul.  Also, pound for pound, the second best tackler in tOSU history, behind only The Assassin, Jack Tatum.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

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dan_isaacs's picture

You might be right about Colzie.  I never got to see him play, but the stats speak for themselves.  And yeah, Tatum is why I didn't say best DB.  :)

Dan Isaacs

Buckeye Knight's picture

Well deserved by both, congrats to both of these legends!

Toine is one of the nicest, humblest people you will ever meet.

Damonbuckeye's picture

Was it Winfield who slipped on that eventual game winning td against scUM?? In any event congrats to everyone who made it in..

Buckeye Knight's picture

Springs.  Happens to the best of them.

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Hovenaut's picture

Congratulations to all the inductees.

Troy was special, Antoine was a tackling machine...Silver Bullets!

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

buckskin's picture

Winfield, the most complete Buckeye corner in our storied history, says "who needs big corners?"  Stepped up his game big time against TTUN.  Congrats to all the HOF inductees.

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allinosu's picture

He owned TTUN that day. It was like he was in their huddle. Stopping the run or breaking up passes he was getting the jump on every play.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Now get Mr Smith's name up in The Shoe with the rest of the Stiff Arm Buckeyes already!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Two outstanding Buckeye football players leading this great Buckeye class. Congrats to all! Go Bucks!

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Well deserved for all, and especially for Troy and Antoine.  My memories of you will live on in my family

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

ibuck's picture

It's good to see a Buckeye QB completing passes to receivers who are not wide-open, and hitting them in stride. 

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

Angry Panda's picture

I still maintain that Troy Smith could've been very solid if not very good to great in the NFL if he had been drafted into the right situation.

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seafus26's picture

I agree! We've seen players taken since with similar size. Size was supposedly the reason for not taking him. The Browns have since taken 2 QBs of tge same size and neither has the howitzer of Troy or are as tough. In the right situation I have no problem thinking Troy could have done what Russel Wilson has done. Troy would actual be able to offer more than Wilson, with the deep ball.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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swainpm's picture

I agree with both of you all...hopefully we get to see him have another shot still. I believe he is still giving it a go in the CFL.

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Max Power's picture

Seems like Winfield should have been inducted a long time ago. Not only was he a lockdown corner, he was the best open field tackler I can remember watching at OSU. Every future defensive back in Columbus should aspire to play with Winfield's tenacity. There have been many great CBs at OSU over the years, but none were as impressive as Antoine Winfield. Definitely one of the greatest Buckeyes to grace the field in Ohio Stadium! If OSU is Cornerback U, Antoine Winfield is the professor.

I can't neglect Troy the wolverine slayer in this post. His career is a perfect example to all young Buckeyes of the rewards of hard work. Coming in as an unheralded ATH, he was not considered to be a viable QB option with the highly touted Justin Zwick in his class. I still believe we beat Vince Young's Texas squad had Tressel stuck with Troy. (I still can remember watching in horror as Limas Sweed broke open in the north endzone during the 4th qtr. I was 15 rows off the field in the corner of the endzone for that game but I digress.) Unless I am mistaken, Troy returned kickoffs early in his career while the coaches tried to find his role for the team. Fast forward a few seasons and he is hoisting the Heisman trophy in a landslide decision. I watched the 06 Mich vs. OSU game on BTN last week and I am still amazed at the velocity and accuracy with which Troy threw. Every time he dropped back to pass (his Senior year), I always felt confident that Troy would make the completion. It's such a shame that he never got a legit shot during his NFL career (in my biased opinion, that is).

Proud to have been able to watch both of these great players during their years donning the S&G. Congrats and thanks for the memories&

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seafus26's picture

If Tressel sends Troy out for what was essentially last drive of game instead of Zwick (who ended up fumbling in the open field when he went deer in the head lights and froze while getting jacked by a little DB on that drive), we win. The offense had put points on the board every drive Troy was in the game up to that point.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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The Urban Legend's picture

I converted my wife into an Ohio State fan around 2009. Even though she never seen Troy play a down she can tell you all about him ( as well as that man they call Ted Ginn) just from hearing me ramble on and on about him. Long live Troy Smith. 

The Legend continues

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Really glad for Troy Smith and Winfield, really excited to see Nancy Darsch there as well.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Glad to see coach Hellickson getting some recognition.

Winfield is definitely on my personal All Buckeye team.

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Knarcisi's picture

If I can quote Keith Jackson correctly from the 1997 Michigan game:

"Give me 11 of him, and I'll take ya out in the parking lot."  

If there were a model of CB, Winfield was it. Covered like a blanket, had ball skills,  supported the run like a beast, and was an unbelievable open field tackler. I will go on record here. I'm 40 years old, and the best football player I have seen. 

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Lol.  Your still a young "Buck" Knarcisi.

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Knarcisi's picture

Ha.  Just don't feel like it all the time!

Jpfbuck's picture

since no one posted anything about the other 2 football Bucks inducted I thought I would

Bob Vogel was an Offensive lineman from Massilon who played for Woody in the early 1960's who went on to be a 1st round pick in the NFL draft in 1963 (5th overall and would be a multi year Pro-bowler playing LT for the Classic Colts teams of the 60' and early 70's retiring in 1972. He played on Super Bowls 3 and 5 for the Colts. He was an all Ohio selection in HS, was Born in Columbus. A devout Christian after retiring he spent years helping raise foster kids, visiting inmates in prison and doing charity work. he lives in Sunbury. a 3 year starter at OSU he was on Woody's 1961 National Title team and was Co-Captain in 1962 with Gary Moeller.

Ralph Wolff, played at OSU in the 1930's and was Captain of the 1937 team, he played at OSU from 35-37 as a OL/DL man, he was twice named team MVP and was all B10 and All American in 1937, he was also Junior Class President while on campus and a near 4.0 student in engineering

well deserved and over due for both of them

 

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M Man's picture

Bob Vogel; one of the finest and classiest Buckeyes ever.  A well-deserved honor.  (What took so long?)

I can't watch any video of Troy Smith.  PTSD and all.  I saw enough in person.  Medication doesn't help the flashbacks.

huber57's picture

The most shocking part of the Troy Smith video is at the 4:03 mark. We were only up 3-0 against Illinois in the middle of the 2nd quarter!?

Congrats to all of the inductees.

Buckeye Knight's picture

Seemed like Illinois gave us some fits for a few years there, then it was Purdue.

thatlillefty's picture

I'm a young buck so I can't recall the days of Winfield. But the way he's described, I wish i had seen him play. Thanks to the other 11W members for the tributes. It's important yall pass down the buckeye history to us younger folk.

My greatest memory of Troy Smith is a toss-up. It's either the '06 Fiesta Bowl (the only buckeye bowl game I've attended) in which he, Santonio, Teddy, AJ and co. just anilhated Notre Dame. Or probably, it was the Skull Session prior to the #1 OSU / #2 UM game. St. John Arena was jam packed and roaring. When the football team came in, it only got louder. The only quiet moment was when Troy walked to the podium. He started his speech with, "I'm Troy Smith." The crowd just went wild! And I couldn't hear another word he said, haha. God damn, that was fun.

Buckeye Knight's picture

Just imagine one of the best lock down corners you've ever seen and then the best open field tackler you've ever seen who can also lay the wood and comes up hard on run support and in blitzes. Then combine all that into about 180 lbs guy that runs a 4.41... at the NFL combine.

Curt Heinrichs's picture

Glad to see Coach Hellickson getting some recognition. I had the opportunity to speak with him a few times and he seemed like a quality person. He had a knack for developing some of the best big men in the country with guys like Mark Coleman, Nick Preston, and Tommy Rowlands. 

I loved watching Winfield play. That guy was like glue on a WR. Well deserved for him and #10.