99 Warriors: No. 68, National Champion and Two-Time All American Jim Stillwagon

By 11W Staff on June 25, 2018 at 8:05 am
99 Warriors: No. 68, Jim Stillwagon

We're counting down the days to kickoff with “99 Warriors,” the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes by jersey number, as voted by the staff of Eleven Warriors.

No. 68 Jim Stillwagon

DL Jim Stillwagon

b. Feb. 11, 1949 (Mount Vernon, OH)
d. Feb. 4, 2018 (Columbus, OH)

  • National Champion (1968)
  • Big Ten Champion (1968, '69, '70)
  • Rose Bowl (1969)
  • Captain (1970)
  • Consensus All-American (1969, '70)
  • All Big-Ten (1969, '70)
  • Lombardi Award (1970)
  • Outland Trophy (1970)
  • UPI Defensive Lineman of the Year (1970)
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1993)
  • Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame (1979)

Former Ohio State defensive lineman Jim Stillwagon was one of the greatest players of the Woody Hayes era.

Stillwagon was a famed "Super Sophomore" on Woody Hayes' 1968 national championship team and went on to became a three-year starter in the trenches.

In 1969, Stillwagon anchored a defense that only surrendered 93 points during the season. His teammates voted him the most valuable player in 1970, when he won the first ever Lombardi Award as well as the Outland Trophy and UPI Lineman of the Year.

He was a consensus All-American in both years and played in two Rose Bowls, winning one over USC in 1969.

As a senior, he served as captain along with Rex Kern, Jan White and Douglas Adams.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Stillwagon in the fifth round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He instead opted to play for the Toronto Argronauts of the Canadian Football League, where he became a three-time all-star.

Stillwagon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He passed away earlier this year in Columbus. He was 68 years old.

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