Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 54

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Seattle Linga's picture

As a Browns fan I'll give props to the Bengals organization for drafting Price. Billy's gonna be a beast for a very long time. 

Gonna miss him on the O-Line. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Hovenaut's picture

There's been some numbers already that have been chock full of history based on those who have worn them, with more to come, but 54 sure standing strong here.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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lamplighter's picture

Great list - must have been hard to leave off Ken Kuhn

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Hove and Lamplighter,
My rankings based on a rubric:

No. 54 Rubric Rankings
RANK PLAYER POINTS
1 BILLY PRICE 25.0
2 JOHN SIMON 22.0
3 MARK STIER 14.75
4 TIM ANDERSON 14.0
5 KEN KUHN 12.0
lamplighter's picture

well, maybe not as hard as I thought then

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Kuhn's senior year bio per the Ohio State Team Guide:

6-2, 231...from Louisville...defensive co-captain this year...a shoulder injury in 1974 curtailed his play...a successful operation was performed after the Rose Bowl and Kuhn should be at top strength this fall...lettered a freshman in 1972...was injured in the Wisconsin and in the Illinois games last year...is a top notch player when healthy...will start at the open-side linebacker position...an older brother, Dick, played for the Buckeyes in 1968, '69 and '70.

Hobbies are lifting weights and cars...majoring in physical education...won nine high school letters and was captain of his prep football and basketball teams...admires Vic Koegel and Larry Csonka.

brutus360's picture

That was one strong dude! Lifting weights AND cars!

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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Hovenaut's picture

Just commented on the staff write-up I'd have to go with Price - his accolades (and the career start mark) are tough to beat.

Simon is all heart, and I loved Tim Anderson down the stretch of that title run - he did a ton of damage undercover in letting the late Will Smith, Darrion Scott, and Kenny Peterson wreak havoc.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Shared this before, so sorry to those who have already read this.

Sat near Billy Price and his dad during one of the 2012 OHSAA Football State Championship games in Canton. My friend, a coach who has a steel trap of a mind for high school football, recognized Price and congratulated him on his all-state honor. We had small-talk throughout the game, stuff going on down on the field and his thoughts about his upcoming freshman season (at the time he was projected to play defensive line). 

The thing that stuck with me the most about Billy? His humbleness and the great relationship he had with his dad. Only spent a few hours around them, but it was obvious he was a great person from a great family. I am extremely glad that his football path has led him to much success. However, I am not surprised. Wishing him continued success in the NFL and his other life pursuits.

Seattle Linga's picture

Looking back at his HS years - I bet he absolutely owned kids on the opposite side of the line.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

There are a lot of legitimate candidates at #54.

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SilvioDante's picture

Tank Whaley!

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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Keith's picture

Simon was a two-time captain (2011, 2012) but the table doesn't list either year. His bio a little further below only mentions 2012 as well.  I noticed you have Price's 2nd team AA status listed so I wonder if Simon's third-team AA accolades deserves mention?

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nickel beer's picture

For me (an OL fanboy), the thing about Simon is 2012.  I think that the HC needed that season, really needed it.  Simon was the D keystone and his play that season set the heroic benchmark for the successive teams ....  This is just another one of those nos. that belongs to different players for same and different outstanding accomplishments.

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Buctor's picture

You've got Rev Stier scored way too low!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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BradentonBuck's picture

Billy Price: Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

No wonder he holds the record for career starts, he was here 10+ years lol.

All kidding aside what talent we have had wear #54 over the last 20 years. Glad to see Tank Whaley mentioned.... I loved that guy. He was a battering ram and loved it.

Buckeye til I die

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SilvioDante's picture

Tank was an Ohio state football player. Period. I don't know how to say it any other way. Selfless, bad ass, do what's best for the team. He's the guy who won't show up in a box score but you want on the roster.

Hell of a dude too. You'd be hardpressed to find someone that has a negative thing to say about him id bet.

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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BradentonBuck's picture

Definitely the guy I would want to be in the foxhole with me. I always loved his play.

Buckeye til I die

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SilvioDante's picture

He was a few inches shy of being an absolute force on the OL.

In 2006 at Texas, the buckeyes missed a FG on their first drive, punted on #2. To start the 3rd drive, Tress sent Tank out as C and they used a short field for Troy to go to the Gonzo well (3x) for a TD.

I was losing my shit. Haha. Never been more excited to see a non-star get his opportunity.

"Tina, you fat lard, come get some DINNER!... Tina, eat. Food. Eat the FOOD!"

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