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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 62

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 1, 2018 at 8:44am
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We are now 62 days away from Ohio State kicking the crap out Oregon State to start the 2018 season. Below you will find a list of the 43 players who wore the No. 62 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Jim Parker and Vic Koegel.

Players Who Wore No. 62 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
George Novotny 1937                   1937
James Karvasales 1939                    
Richard Palmer* 1941-42                   1941-42
Elroy Primuth 1944                    
Robert Jabbusch* 1946-47       1947           1946-47
Jerry Manz 1948-50                   1948-50
Mike Takacs 1951-53     1952         1954   1951-53
Jim Parker 1954-56   1956 1955, 1956 1957   1955, 1956       1954-56
Leroy Cowans 1957                    
Donald Young 1958-60                   1958-60
Dennis Hullinger* 1961-62                    
Robert Funk 1964-65                   1964-65
John Kelley 1966-67                   1966-67
Philip Strickland 1968-70           1970       1968-70
Vic Koegel 1971-73           1973   1974   1971-73
James Kregel* 1971-72                   1971-72
Scott Baker 1974-75                    
Edward Mills 1976-77                    
Steve Corbin* 1979                    
Alan Balen 1981                   1981
Tom McCormick 1982-84                    
Charles Keenan 1987                   1987
John Grubb* 1987                    
Travis Lutz* 1988                   1988
Dan Himeise* 1989                    
Tony Moore 1990                    
C.J. Kelly 1991-93                    
Shane Clark 1994-96                   1995-96
Jason Kozar 1995-97                   1997
Lonnie Woodard 1998-99                    
Adrien Clark 1999                    
Shane Olivea* 2000                   2000
John McLaughlin 2001-04                 2002, 2004 2004
Jeremy Miller 2001-02                 2002  
Harrison Till 2005-06                    
Matt Heater 2009                    
Jon Lorenz 2009-11                    
Logan Beougher 2012                    
Ben Moffit 2013                    
RJ Morris 2014                    
Aaron Parry* 2015-16                   2015-16
Brandon Pahl* 2017-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 62

Jim Parker, OG (1954-56)
Born: 
1934 (Macon, GA)
High School: Scott (Toledo)
Death: 2005 (Columbia, MD)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 23-5 with Parker on the team.
1954 National Champions.
1954 Big Ten Title.
1955 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

Honors
1956 Outland Trophy.
1956 All-American.
1956 All-Big Ten.
1955 All-American.
1955 All-Big Ten.
1973 Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
1974 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
1977 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1999 Named first-team offensive guard for the Sports Illustrated All-Century team.
All-Pro: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966.
Pro Bowl: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961,1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
Colts No. 77 retired in Parker's name. 

Miscellaneous
NFL Champion 1958.
NFL Champion 1959.

Parker's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

“Jim Parker was the greatest offensive lineman I ever coached. I’m not sure there has ever been a better offensive guard,” said Hayes upon Parker’s induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. “He was everything an offensive lineman should be.” Indeed, Parker could do it all.

During his three years as a starter, Ohio State won 23
of 28 games, captured the 1954 national championship and won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1954 and ’55.

Parker, who was born in Macon, Ga., but played his last two years of high school football in Toledo, Ohio, was the Buckeyes’ MVP in 1956. A first round pick of the Baltimore Colts the following spring, he went on to enjoy a distinguished career in the NFL as a perennial all-pro pick.

In addition to being a charter member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, Parker also is a member of the College Football (1974) and the Professional Football (1973) halls of fame. His play set a standard of excellence for all future Ohio State linemen.

Parker passed away in July, 2005, at age 71.

Vic Koegel, LB (1971-73)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 25-6-1 with Koegel on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 42-21 in the 1974 Rose Bowl.

Honors
1973 All-Big Ten.

Miscellaneous
Selected by the Falcons in the 12th Round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

Koegel's bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-1, 214...from Cincinnati...one of the gifted athletes on the squad...a knee injury reduced his playing time to 80 minutes last year...very competitive and easy to coach...plays with all-out dedication...started all ten games as a sophomore in 1971 and made 126 tackles, to lead the team...very quick and has the ability to be where the ball is.

Was injured in the Illinois game last year and tried to play against Wisconsin but was re-injured and unable to play in the last five games...underwent knee surgery last October 28...will start at middle linebacker, although he could play outside as well...one of the hardest workers on the squad...his presence in the lineup makes a good defense even better.

A communication arts major.

What Koegel has done outside of football perthinktraining.com:

Vic Koegel is president of Koegel Training and Development and senior instructor and consultant for Think Training.

Clients with whom Vic has worked, presenting seminars in Management, Negotiation, Selling and Communication Skills, include Shearson/American Express, Boeing, Johnson and Johnson, Lucent Technologies, Arthur Andersen, IBM and Fujitsu.

In 1975 he started with IBM as a Sales Representative. After two back to back years as the Columbus, Ohio, Branch Salesman of the Year, he was promoted to National Training Instructor for IBM, where he trained and evaluated IBM sales reps on the skills of selling. In addition, he was responsible for the training of manager candidates on management effectiveness skills and assisted in the development of curriculum material.

In 1983 he was assigned as the Regional Finance Specialist for IBM, overseeing the sale and marketing of finance products to the banking industry. A year later he was promoted to the Entry Systems Division of IBM where he implemented National Marketing programs for IBM Personal Computers. 

Vic also was Vice President for Sterling Software, Banking Software Division, where he directed the sales and implementation of item processing software on IBM main frames.

No. 62 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
ROBERT JABBUSCH* 1947 17 174 OG GIANTS
MIKE TAKACS 1954 13 147 OL PACKERS
JIM PARKER 1957 1 8 OT COLTS
JIM KREGEL** 1974 10 243 OG STEELERS
VIC KOEGEL 1974 12 304 LB FALCONS
SHANE OLIVEA*** 2004 7 209 OT CHARGERS

*Jabbusch wore No. 72 when drafted
**Kregel wore No. 73 when drafted
***Olivea wore No. 71 when drafted

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