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Countdown: 84 Days Until Ohio State Football (Forum Edition)

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June 7, 2014 at 5:24pm
On the Boat

Another beautiful Saturday in Central Ohio. A perfect day to boat, play golf or prepare for Ohio State football. I think I'll do all three.

We are now down to 84 days (12 Saturdays) until Ohio State plays at Navy. Today's article will feature Jim Houston, Robert Brudzinski and Jeff Graham.

Here is the list of 31 players who have worn No. 84.

In case you missed any articles in the countdown.

Today's Trivia Questions:
What Ohio State captain is the uncle of That Team's Roy Roundtree?

When Bob Brudzinski played for the Dolphins, what was the nickname given to the defense?

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Jim Houston...Bad Ass

Jim Houston, Defensive End (1957-59)
Born: 1937 (Massillon, Ohio)
High School: Massillon 

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 18-7-3 when Houston was on the team.
1957 won the National Championship.
1957 won the Big Ten title.
19 receptions, 467 yards and 7 touchdowns as a receiver.

1958 Team MVP.
1959 Captain.
1959 Team MVP. 
1979 Inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.
2000 Named to the Ohio State All-Century Team.

Played both offense and defense at Ohio State.
Led the team in receiving yards in 1959.
1960 selected in the first round (8th overall) by the Browns.
Selected to four Pro Bowls with the Browns.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia


Bob Brudzinski, Defensive End (1973-76)
Born: 1955 (Fremont, Ohio)
High School: Fremont

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 40-5-2 with Brudzinski on the team.
Won four Big Ten Championships.
Made 214 tackles at Ohio State.
Won the 1974 Rose Bowl 42-21 over USC.
Won the 1977 Orange Bowl 27-10 over Colorado.
2-1-1 record against That Team.

1975 All-Big Ten
1976 Captain.
1976 Team MVP.
1976 All-American.
1976 All-Big Ten.
2000 Named to the Ohio State All-Century Team.


The Los Angeles Rams selected him in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft. 
1977 All-Rookie Team.
A member of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

From polishsportshof.com:

A native of Freemont, Ohio, Brudzinski played football at Ohio State University from 1973-1976. During his years there he played on four Big Ten Championship Teams and in three Rose Bowls and one Orange Bowl. The 6’4″ 230 pound lineman was named a consensus All-American in 1976 and was a two-time all Big Ten selection.

Brudzinski was a first round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1977 and played 13 years in the NFL – the first four with the Rams and the final nine with the Dolphins. Switching to linebacker in the pros, Brudzinski played in three Super Bowl games (with the 1979 Rams, the 1982 and 1984 Dolphins).

It was with the Dolphins that he made his mark playing on the famed “Killer Bee” defense. He was Miami’s leading tackler and recorded over 600 career tackles. Brudzinski was named to the Dolphins Silver Anniversary team.

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

Jeff Graham

Jeff Graham, Flanker (1988-90)
Born: 1969 (Dayton, Ohio)
High School: Kettering Alter (Dayton) 

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 19-14-2 when Graham was on the team.
Tied for 5th all time with 7 games of 100+ yards receiving.
Career best 144 yards receiving in a 42-2 win at Purdue in 1990.

1990 Captain.
1990 Team MVP.

Could not play for Ohio State in 1987 due to low entrance exam scores.
Selected in the second round of the 1991 draft by the Steelers.
NFL Career: 542 receptions, 8,172 receptions and 30 touchdowns.
Was a First Team All-State basketball player in high school.
That Team's Roy Roundtree is his nephew.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

No. 84 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Hal Dean 1947 30 283 OG Rams
Jim Houston* 1960 1 8 DE Browns
Bob Brudzinski 1977 1 23 LB Rams
Jeff Graham 1991 2 46 WR Steelers
Craig Powell 1995 1 30 LB Browns
Doug Worthington 2010 7 242 DT Steelers

Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Killer Bee

Today's Trivia Answers:
What Ohio State captain is the uncle of That Team's Roy Roundtree?
Jeff Graham.

When Bob Brudzinski played for the Dolphins, what was the nickname given to the defense?
The Killer Bees.







Graham in The Game

174 days until The Game.

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