99 Warriors: No. 51, Two-Year Starter and Big Ten Champion, Anthony Schlegel

By Kevin Harrish on July 12, 2018 at 11:00 am
Anthony Schlegel

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. 51 Anthony Schlegel

Anthony Schlegel was a member of one of the most feared group of Buckeye linebackers every to play together.

LB Anthony Schlegel

b. March 1, 1981 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

  • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2005)
  • Big Ten Champion (2005)

After transferring from the Air Force Academy, where he played his first two seasons and earned all-conference honors, Schlegel started for two years at Ohio State at middle linebacker, between future first-round picks A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter. The trio formed perhaps the best linebacking corps in college football at the time, and were even featured on a box of cereal called "Buckeye Heroes."

Schlegel had over 80 tackles in both seasons at Ohio State, good for second on the team in 2005 and third in 2004. He helped guide the Buckeyes to the 2005 Big Ten title and was eventually drafted in the third round by the New York Jets.

After a short NFL career, Schlegel returned to Columbus as part of Ohio State's strength and conditioning team and recently made headlines when he tackled a fan who ran out onto the field.

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