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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 76

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 17, 2018 at 6:26am
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What a fantastic day for Father's Day in Central Ohio. I hope you are enjoying the great weather and company. If you are staying inside to beat the heat, remember that the US Open, World Cup and baseball are available for your viewing pleasure. I need to keep this article short so I can get back to my family and our planned outdoor excursions.

Today, we are 76 days away from Ohio State's season opener against Oregon State. This piece will list the 33 players who wore No. 76 for Ohio State. Featured players are Henry Bill Trautwein and Jim Marshall.

Players Who Wore No. 76 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Cyril Lipaj 1942                   1942
Howard Teifke* 1943                   1943
Robert Martin 1944                    
Forrest Hamilton 1945-47                   1945-47
Henry Bill Trautwein 1948-50       1950   1950   1951   1948-50
Irv Denker 1952                   1952
Jack Verhoff 1953                    
Kenneth Cooper 1954                    
John Floyd 1955                    
Clifford Wilson* 1956                    
Jim Marshall 1957-58     1958     1958   1959   1957-58
Ronald Weldy 1959                    
Daryl Sanders 1960-62         1963         1960-62
Asbury Burgin 1965-66                   1965-66
James Opperman 1968-70                   1968-70
Dan Scott 1971-73               1974   1971-73
Thomas Swank* 1974                    
Timothy Burke 1978-79                   1978-79
Steve Corbin* 1980-81                    
Dan Bachorski 1982-85                    
John Grubb* 1986                    
Dan Beatty 1987, 1989-90                   1987, 1989-90
Pete Beckman 1991-94                   1992-93
Dean Kreuzer 1994-95                   1995
Eric Smith* 1995                    
Jefferson Kelley 1996-97                   1997
Bryce Bishop* 1999                    
Alex Stepanovich 2000-03               2004   2000-03
Drew Parry 2004-05                    
Scott Silka* 2006-07                    
J.B. Shugarts 2008-11                   2008-11
Darryl Baldwin* 2012-14                   2012-14
Branden Bowen 2015-18                   2016

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 76

Bill Trautwein, Tackle (1948-50)
Born: 
1926 (Springfield, Ohio)  
Died: 2012 (Columbus)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 19-7 with Trautwein on the team.
Won a Big Ten Championship in 1949.
Defeated California 17-14 in the 1950 Rose Bowl.
1950 selected by the Rams in the 14th round of the NFL Draft.

Honors
1950 Captain.
1950 All-Big Ten.

Miscellaneous
Known as "Bear" during his playing days.
Was drafted by the Rams, but declined to focus on architecture.
Designed Cooper Stadium and had an architecture firm in Worthington.

From Bill Trautwein's obituary in The Columbus Dispatch:

A WWII Navy Veteran, Bill went on to receive his Architect Degree from The Ohio State University. He was the captain of The Ohio State Buckeyes in 1950 and helped them win the Rose bowl. Known as "Bear" in those days, he played a major role in the Buckeyes success during his years on the field in '48, '49 and '50.

Bill went on to become a very successful architect with a practice in Worthington. He designed internationally with projects in Ireland, as well as locally with well known icons as Cooper Stadium.

Bill was active in many organizations including The Columbus Maennerchor, Salvation Army, OSU Alumni and the Varsity O, and the Mercator. He loved fly fishing, wood carving and traveling the world, especially to Ireland. 

Jim Marshall, DE (1957-58)
Born: 
1937 (Wilsonville, KY)
High School: East (Columbus)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 15-2-2 with Marshall on the team.
1957 National Champions.
Defeated Oregon 10-7 in the 1958 Rose Bowl.
2-0 against That Team.
Left school after his junior year to play in the CFL.
1960 selected by the Browns in the 4th round of the NFL Draft.

Honors
1958 All-American.
1958 All-Big Ten.

Miscellaneous
Won NFC Championship in 1973, 1974 and 1976.
Made the Pro Bowl in 1968 and 1969.
Known for his "wrong-way run".
Moved to Columbus when he was 5.
Has defied death after shooting himself and surviving a hang glider crash.

The Jim Marshall Story from NFL Films (4:40) Includes the Wrong Way Run:

 

No. 76 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
BILL TRAUTWEIN 1950 14 181 T RAMS
JIM MARSHALL 1960 4 44 DE BROWNS
DARYL SANDERS 1963 1 12 OT LIONS
DAN SCOTT 1974 9 224 OG BROWNS
ALEX STEPANOVICH 2004 4 100 C CARDINALS

 

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159 days until The Game.

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