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HB Larry Zelina (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by Misanthrope, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Misanthrope

    Misanthrope Banned

  2. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    One of the Super Sophs. In his career he totalled 2367 yards on 190 plays, an oustanding average of 12.5 yards/touch.

    Be at peace, Larry.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State halfback Larry Zelina died Wednesday, after collapsing at the insurance office where he worked, a family friend said. He was 55.

    Zelina was part of three Big Ten title teams, including the squad that won the 1968 national championship. Zelina, a Cleveland native, rushed 83 times for 603 yards and two touchdowns during his Ohio State career. He also caught 46 passes for 810 yards and a pair of scores. He returned 21 kickoffs for 425 yards and had 40 career punt returns for 529 yards and two scores.

    Ohio State was 27-2 overall and 20-1 in Big Ten play during Zelina's career.

    The cause of death was unknown. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday, said Bob Moraine, a friend who was speaking on behalf of Zelina's family. Funeral arrangements are pending.
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    He held the OSU record for average yards per punt return until this year when Teddy Ginn broke it. The guy was a great player and a even better representative of OSU.

    Best wishes to his family and friends.
  4. HineyBuck

    HineyBuck Old newb

    Damn!! 55 is just too young.

    Larry Zelina had a reputation as a selfless, team player. That was a big part of what made that '68 team so great.

    So long, Larry. Say hello to Woody for all of us.
  5. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    He was quick at everything he did. An awesome presence on the field. Rest in peace and God bless.
  6. gost8

    gost8 Living and loving life

    I met him at a fund raiser for Jack Tatum at Buckeye HOF Cafe. Great guy to talk to. He loved to tell his Buckeye war stories. Got his sig on a ball along with some of the other guys from his era and gave it to a good friend of mine.

    He is back with Woody now.
  7. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    That's 7.26 yards per carry! :yow1:
  8. OilerBuck

    OilerBuck Sweet Crude

    I don't know if any of you got to hear Chris Spielman talk about him during the lunch hour, but I thought it was a great segment.R.I.P. Larry

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