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99 Warriors: No. 91 Supplemental

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 2, 2018 at 8:03am

We are now only 13 Saturdays away from Ohio State's season opener against Oregon State. The number 13 is supposed to be unlucky, but for the Buckeyes the No. 91 jersey has been an unlucky number.

The most only decorated player to wear the number, an All-Big Ten selection and team captain, made poor choices after his playing career. You can read more about his story below the list of 29 players who have worn No. 91 for Ohio State. 

Hopefully a future Buckeye player will make the No. 91 synonymous with his name after a great career. The number deserves better representation. If Drue Chrisman continues dropping punts inside the 20, he may be the player to do it.

Today's Trivia Questions

What high school did current punter, Drue Chrisman attend? Hint, it's a well-known school in southwestern Ohio.

Can you name the TE on the 2013 roster that shares his name with a famous comedian who was once on Saturday Night Live?

How many players that wore No. 91 for Ohio State were selected in the NFL Draft?

Players Who Wore No. 91 At Ohio State
Robert Bell 1949                   1943
John Manyak 1952                   1952
John Trittipo* 1955                    
Clifford Wilson 1957                    
George Langermeier 1958                    
Paul Martin 1959                   1959
Benjamin Mobley 1964                   1964
John Sobolewski 1966-68                   1966-68
Richard Wakefield 1969-71               1972   1969-71
James Cope 1972-74               1975   1972-74
Robert Lillie* 1975-76                    
William Wilson* 1980                    
James Gilmore* 1981                   1981
Jim Klohn 1983-84                    
Brian Benio 1987-88                   1987-88
Scott St. John 1988                    
Jason Simmons 1990-93       1993   1991       1990-93
Jeff Wilson 1994-98                   1995-97
Frank Conrad 1999                    
Marvin Payne* 2000                   2000
Jason Bond 2000-03                   2000-03
Ryan Williams 2005-06                    
Stewart Smith* 2009                    
Melvin Fellows 2010-11                    
William McCary 2012                   2012
Chris Rock 2013                    
Aaron Parry 2014                    
Philip Silverman 2015                    
Drue Chrisman 2016-17                   2017

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 91

Jason Simmons
High School: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's

Ohio State
Finished his career with 27.5 sacks, 2nd all-time (1st at the time).
Had 56.5 tackles for loss, 3rd all-time (1st at the time).
Recorded 308 tackles for loss yards which is 2nd all-time for a career (1st at the time).

1991 All-Big Ten.
1993 team captain.

Charged with sexual battery of a 14 year-old girl in 2008.
Released from prison in 2009.

Unfortunately, not every gridiron great goes on to do good things in life. Below you can read about Simmons' crimes. Hopefully the victim has been able to get help and recover.

From teachersbehavingbadly.com on 7-17-2007:

Jason Simmons, a former Ohio State football star who now works as a middle school teacher in the Dayton area, has been charged with multiple sexual contacts with a 14 year old girl. Simmons, who is married and has children, is alleged to have had sex with the girl on three occasions. He was hired to provide assistance to "special needs" students, but his victim was not one of his students.

From 10tv.com WBNS 5-16-2008:

A former defensive end for Ohio State accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery.

Jason Simmons, who played for Ohio State in the early 1990s, entered the plea during a hearing before Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Wiseman.

In exchange for his plea, three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dropped. Simmons, 37, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 19.

Prosecutors say Simmons, a teacher at Northmont Middle School, developed a relationship with the girl following a school trip to Washington, D.C.

Defense attorney Thomas Kollin said Simmons entered the plea to bring closure to the case and not subject the girl's family and his family to a trial.

Jim Cope
1953 in Oil City, PA
Died: 1998 at age 45
High School: South Allegheny (PA)

Ohio State
Jim Cope finished his Buckeye career with 18 tackles for loss and 212 tackles. He played in 32 total games and tallied just over 767 minutes of playing time.
1974 Led the team with 8 tackles for loss and was 4th with 77 total tackles.
1973 Led the team with 8 TFL and was the fifth leading tackler with 89 total stops. Also had 2 passes broken up and recovered a fumble.
1972 Recorded 2 TFL, recovered two fumbles and tallied 46 total tackles. 

Jim Cope's Ohio State career per The 1974 Ohio State Media Guide:

Started nine games in 1972 and all 11 contests last year...one of the steadiest players on the squad...very strong and difficult to block...tackled ball carriers for a loss eight times last year, tops on the team...can play either end but will start on the boundary-side...hobbies are hunting and fishing...majoring in physical education.

Was an all-Pennsylvania end at South Allegheny High...once ran 85 yards for a touchdown on an end-around play in high school...captained his high school team...enjoyed an excellent spring practice for Ohio State...is equally adept against the run or pass...should win all-Big Ten honors.

A dinner was held for Cope and the other professional athletes from his high school in 2009. From the post-gazette.com:

Jim Cope was the first South Allegheny athlete to play in the pros. He graduated in 1971 after being named to the Associated Press All-State Team as a defensive end. He was a three-year starter for legendary coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State and appeared in three Rose Bowl games.

Cope was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round in 1975. He also played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the Denver Broncos, and finished his career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Cope went into sales after his playing days and was working as a terminal manager for a trucking company when he died of a heart attack in 1998. He is survived by his wife and three children.

No. 91 In The NFL Draft
Today's Trivia Answers

What high school did current punter, Drue Chrisman attend? Hint, it's well-known school in southwestern Ohio.

Answer: Chrisman attended LaSalle in Cincinnati. He's also fairly good at bottle flipping.

Can you name the TE on the 2013 roster that shares his name with a famous comedian who was once on Saturday Night Live?

Answer: Chris Rock.

How many players that wore No. 91 for Ohio State were selected in the NFL Draft?

Answer: Two. Richard Wakefield (ORE) and James Cope (DE)

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174 days until The Game and That Team still sucks.

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