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99 Warriors: No. 47 Supplemental

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July 16, 2018 at 8:51am

In 47 days Ohio State will start the 2018 against Oregon State. Below you will find the 28 players who have worn the No. 47 of the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Chic Harley, Doug Donley and A.J. Hawk. Three players who left their mark on Ohio State football.

Today's Trivia Question

Can you name the Buckeye All-American who was a teammate of Hawk's at Centerville High School?

Players Who Wore No. 47 At Ohio State
Ted Rosequist 1932-33     1932     1932       1932-33
August George 1934-36                   1935
Harold Heckinger 1939                    
Robert Demmel 1950                   1950
George Rosso 1951-53               1954   1951-53
Robert Wable 1955-56                    
David Zuhars 1957                    
Kenneth Seikop* 1958                    
Gary Hansley 1959-61                   1947
Bennie Espy 1962-63                   1962-63
Glenn Hodge 1966                    
James Coburn 1970                   1970
Elmer Lippert 1971-73                   1971-73
Bob Robertson 1974-75                    
Doug Donley 1977-80       1980   1979, 1980   1981   1977-80
Thomas Anthony 1981-82                   1981-82
Ray Jackson 1984-87               1988   1984-87
Tony Fenstermaker* 1988                    
Pat Rogan 1988                   1988
Travis Lutz* 1989                    
Jesse Prewitt 1990-92                    
Dennis Maag* 1993-94                 1993, 1994 1993-94
Calvin Long 1993                    
Dan Stultz 1996-2000           2000       1997-2000
Jamal Muhammed* 2001                    
A.J. Hawk 2002-05     2004, 2005 2005 2006 2003, 2004, 2005       2002-05
Ryan Carter 2013                    
Justin Hilliard 2015-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 47

Chic Harley

Chic Harley, HB, S, P, K (1916, 1917 and 1919)
1894 (Chicago)
High School: East (Columbus)
Died: 1974 (Columbus)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 21-1-1 with Harley on the team.
1916 Big Ten Title.
1917 Big Ten Title.
Went 1-0 against That Team (Ohio State's first victory in the series).

1916 All-American.
1917 All-American.
1918 was a pilot in the Air Force for WWI.
1919 All-American.

Harley's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Charles “Chic” Harley was Ohio State’s first three-time All-American. Harley won All-America honors as a running back in 1916 and ’17. He spent 1918 in the military but then returned to OSU in 1919 and picked up where he had left off, again winning All-America acclaim. In addition to running the football, he also punted, kicked extra points (he used the drop kick) and played defense. Fans turned out in record numbers to watch Harley play.

Harley led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten title in 1916, a repeat championship in 1917 and a second-place finish in 1919. In 1919, he was named team captain.

During his three seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 21-1-1. The Buckeyes played at old Ohio Field during the Harley era. But largely because of his play, Ohio Stadium was built in 1922 and has been known as the “House that Harley built.” His jersey number 47 was retired in 2004.

A description of the 1919 victory over That Team per Wikipedia:

The 1919 season is most remembered at Ohio State, however, for recording the school's first victory over arch-rival Michigan. Following the Buckeyes' 13-3 win, the legendary Michigan head coach Fielding H. Yost asked for and was granted a rare moment to address the Ohio State team.

"You deserve your victory, you fought brilliantly," Yost began. "You boys gave a grand exhibition of football strategy and while I am sorry, dreadfully sorry, that we lost, I want to congratulate you. And you, Mr. Harley, I believe, are one of the finest little machines I have ever seen."

Harley's pro football career and life changing illness per chicharley.com:

In 1921, following Harley’s college career, George Halas, the manager of the Decatur Staleys (later to become the Chicago Bears), football team wanted to recruit Chic so badly that he offered he and his brother, Bill, half of the season’s proceeds. But by the end of the 1921 season, everything had changed and Chic was embarking on a terrible struggle to maintain his sanity. Within days after his final game as a pro, Chic found himself confined to a sanitarium in Dayton, Ohio. It was the start of a battle with mental illness that would tragically remain with him the rest of his life.

For the next four decades, Harley lived in an Illinois Veterans Administration Hospital. While his close friends never forgot what he had done for American sport and in particular for Ohio State University, Chic’s star slowly faded into near obscurity. It was the love of his friends and, in particularly his loving sister Ruth, that gave Chic the strength and determination to live his life as best he could. It was also the love of his nephew, Richard, the only child of Ruth, who played a pivotal role in keeping Chic’s flame alive to this day.

The new book The One And Only: Chic Harley - America's Great Athlete chronicles the exhilarating ups and tragic downs of this quiet, modest sports hero as told by a family member who knew him well.

A description of how Harley played per the book The One and Only:

He ran like a rabbit, was strong as an ox, possessed a smile that would melt anyone, and was the most modest person you'd ever want to meet.

But packed into the 5-foot, 8-inch and 158 pound modest frame of Charles W. "Chic" Harley was a dynamo who by the time he played in his last football game for the Buckeyes in 1919, had almost single-handedly catapulted The Ohio State University into a national powerhouse and set the stage for the building of its famed Horseshoe stadium.

To order the The One and Only go here.

Doug Donley

Doug Donley, WR (1977-80)
1959 (Cambridge, Ohio)
High School: Cambridge

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 36-11-1 with Donley on the team.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1979 Big Ten Title.

1980 Captain.
1980 All-Big Ten.
1979 All-Big Ten.

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

6-1, 180...from Cambridge, Ohio...perhaps the finest pass receiver in Ohio State history...caught 24 for 510 yards in 1978 and 37 for 800 yards last year...blessed with great speed, sure hands and excellent concentration...has lettered as a sprinter on the Ohio State indoor track team...averaged 5.8 yards per try as a ball carrier. Was a first team all-Big Ten selection in 1979...is certain to be one of the top receivers in college football.

Hobby is fishing...majoring in public relations...was an all-Ohio halfback at Cambridge High, where he rushed for 2,572 career yards and scored 31 touchdowns...won nine high school letters...captained the football and basketball teams.

Donley's Ohio State career per ovac.org:

Donley attended The Ohio State University and earned first team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America accolades at wide receiver (1980). He ranks among the Buckeyes’ all-time leading receivers in several categories, including career yards per catch (21.2, second); yardage (2,252, fourth); touchdowns (16, fifth); and receptions (106, tied for ninth). He led the team in receptions from 1978-80.

AJ Hawk

A.J. Hawk, LB (2002-05)
 1984 (Kettering, Ohio)
High School: Centerville

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 43-8 with Hawk on the team.
2002 National Champions.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2003 defeated Miami 31-24 (2OT) to win the Fiesta Bowl National Championship.
2004 defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl.
2006 defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2005 Captain.
2005 Team MVP.
2005 Lombardi Award.
2005 All-American.
2005 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
2005 Jack Lambert Trophy.
2005 All-Big Ten.
2004 All-American.
2004 All-Big Ten.
2003 All-Big Ten.

A.J. Hawk's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

A. J. Hawk capped a brilliant senior year by becoming Ohio State’s fifth Lombardi Award winner, presented annually since 1970 to the best player in college football who lines up within five yards of the snap.

The 6-1, 247-pound Hawk finished the 2005 campaign with a team-high 121 tackles, marking the third consecutive year he had paced the Buckeyes in that category. His tackle totals included 16.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks, both best on the team.

In addition to the Lombardi Award, Hawk was the 2005 Big Ten pre-season and post-season Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive MVP of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. 

A first-team All-American both as a junior and senior, Hawk closed his career as the fifth leading tackler in Ohio State history with 494 career stops, 41 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks. His 141 tackles in 2004 were the most by an Ohio State player since 1986.

Hawk led the team in tackles in 10 of 12 games in 2005, including a season-high 19 stops against Michigan State. A four-year letterman, Hawk was elected co-captain as a senior, receiving a vote from every player on the team except for himself.

Players like A. J. Hawk don’t come along very often. His intensity and passion for the game made him special. His long blond locks flowing out from beneath his helmet in tribute to the late Pat Tillman, he was literally all over the field making plays and encouraging his teammates.

The 2005 Ohio State defense was one of the most formidable in the nation, leading the Big Ten in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and sacks. Needless to say, Hawk played a huge role in that success.

Following the season, Hawk was the fifth player taken in the 2006 NFL draft, going to the Green Bay Packers, his current team.

No. 47 In The NFL Draft
Today's Trivia Question

Can you name the Buckeye All-American who was a teammate of Hawk's at Centerville High School?

Answer: Mike Nugent.

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