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Hopalong Cassady (1955)
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When Columbus sportswriters saw him play they said he hopped all over the field like the performing cowboy and the nickname stuck. Howard "Hopalong" Cassady made an impact on the Ohio State gridiron right from his first game as a freshman.
"Indiana was beating us 14 to nothing at halftime and I got to go in the second half," Cassady said of his first game. "We played both ways then, and I scored three touchdowns in the second half and we beat them 21-14."
Cassady went on to score 37 touchdowns in 36 career games, and as a senior in 1955 he won the Heisman Trophy.
"There wasn't that much TV then, but definitely the Heisman Trophy was the No. 1 trophy to get if you were a college player," he said. "You appreciate it a lot more when you're out of it."
Cassady is now involved in another game. He's been with the New York Yankees organization for over 25 years, currently as the first base coach of the Class AAA Columbus Clippers -- just down the road from where he put up his Heisman numbers 44 years ago.