99 Warriors: No. 52, First-Team All-American and Member of the Undefeated 2012 Team, Johnathan Hankins

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

The ultra-big man. The Pain Train!

What a combination of size and athleticism Hankins was. I genuinely wish we could've gotten one more year out of the big fella. He was great to watch collapse the pocket and a beast against the run.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

huber57's picture


Why does Dublin have so many round-abouts? Because everyone in Dublin thinks they have the right-of-way.

Hovenaut's picture

Man in the middle, Big Hank held it down.

Hard to believe he's available, but hopefully he finds a home soon.

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

lamplighter's picture

here's hoping Cleveland makes the move.

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Seattle Linga's picture

That'll be one amazing grab for the Browns

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

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

Sampson8080's picture

He was so good with the Giants, fell victim to their salary cap situation, and then had a down year last year with the Colts (I think he had nagging injuries all year). 

Here's hoping a smart team scoops him up, because he can anchor the middle of a defensive line and rush the passer a little bit too (7 sacks his second year!).

Matt Gutridge's picture

Go here to read about Tom DeLeone, Steve Myers, Johnathan Hankins and the other 37 players to wear No. 52.

If you don't know about DeLeone's life story, it is definitely worth five minutes of your time.

Buctor's picture

He would have been an equally great choice.  Great full life, but a sad story.  It is definitely worth the time.

Repeating what I posted on "Go here"

Good lord there have been many, many great Buckeyes!

Thanks for the memories!!!  And not even half through, there are 51 more to go.

Matt, thanks for the adds!  They make these even better.  It truly is fun to reminisce.  This is one of,if not the best, off season posts, I look forward to them every day.

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

Buctor's picture

Matt, after posting I went back to the go here and watched the Archie/Myers video.  Good lord, this should be checked out as well.  What exceptional people!  Note they give Woody credit for motivation!

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

Buctor's picture

This is a really big man, but a big man that is fast!  He made running into the line less than wise.  

Looks like Detroit might be one place that wants him.

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

Kentuckeye51's picture

He was a space-eating defensive tackle who earned regular reps with the first team, but he was not an every down player at that frame.

He ate a lot more than space 

jbenz's picture

Big Hank once helped me win a Photoshop Phriday contest on this website.

jpfbucks01's picture

as much as I love Hankins, I am old enough to remember DeLeone and he would be my choice here.

In Fact Hank might be 3rd behind DeLeone and Myers. Centers get very little glory unless they win an award, but both were multi year great players.

Not that Hankins is a slouch, but I remember both those guys and to my mind they were both slightly better than Hank

Knarcisi's picture

I’m not old enough, and no disrespect to Hankins, but I’d have gone there too. Aside from All american, he was all big ten twice, and was voted team MVP in 1971. 

CowCat's picture

Like his brothers on the 2012 team Hankins chose to stay when he could have transferred due to the NCAA sanctions. But he stuck it out and played like a beast. Those aspects make him one of the Buckeye greats IMO.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

bonebuck's picture

Love Big Hank. He is/was a beast.