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Who Is the Greatest Buckeye "Athlete"?

Who Is the Greatest Buckeye "Athlete"? (Please make FOUR selections)

  • Brian Baschnagel

    Votes: 40 25.2%
  • Morris Bradshaw

    Votes: 7 4.4%
  • Butler By'not'e

    Votes: 20 12.6%
  • Neal Colzie

    Votes: 34 21.4%
  • Bruce Elia

    Votes: 13 8.2%
  • Chris Gamble

    Votes: 107 67.3%
  • Rod Gerald

    Votes: 10 6.3%
  • Cie Grant

    Votes: 57 35.8%
  • Matt Snell

    Votes: 6 3.8%
  • Paul Warfield

    Votes: 104 65.4%
  • Michael Wiley

    Votes: 29 18.2%
  • Other

    Votes: 42 26.4%

  • Total voters


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Welcome to the third installment of the "Greatest Buckeyes Ever" poll - this one allows you to vote for the best Buckeye "athlete", or player who excelled at multiple positions on the football field. Every Saturday, we will post a poll on "Who's the Greatest Buckeye" at each of the positions. The last poll, head coach, will open on the day of THE GAME, and close on December 30th. By New Years Day, we will have the Buckeye Planet All-Time Buckeye Team.

All players selected for the poll will be from the "modern era", which we have more-or-less arbitrarily determined to have begun with the hiring of Woody Hayes in 1951. However, there will be a special poll for the older Buckeye stars, where you will be allowed to choose amongst such greats as Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Chic Harley, etc.

Please vote on each poll, if you can. Also, please note that each poll will allow you to vote at least twice, as we would like to compile a first and second team. If you vote for "other", please let us know your selection(s) by setting forth the name(s) in a post.

Polls will be posted as follows:

1. Quarterback (OPEN - Rex Kern leads, with Craig Krenzel, Art Schlichter, and Joe Germain vying for second place)
2. Tailback (OPEN - Archie and Eddie lead)
3. Athlete (OPEN)
4. Fullback
5. Wide Receiver
6. Tight End
7. Offensive Tackle
8. Offensive Guard
9. Offensive Center
10. Defensive Tackle
11. Defensive End
12. Outside Linebacker
13. Middle Linebacker
14. Safety
15. Cornerback
16. Kicker
17. Punter
18. "Old Timer"
19. Head Coach

So, please vote now for your All-Time Greatest Buckeye "Athlete"; please make FOUR selections.

Thanks for your participation.

NOTES: Bruce Elia started at FB in 1973, and led the Bucks in scoring (84 points); in 1974, he started at LB and led the team in tackles (144).

Matt Snell started at HB in 1961; DE in 1962; and FB in 1963.

Rod Gerald started at QB in 1977 and WR in 1978.

Although Neal Colzie was an All-American at CB in 1974 (and could probably earn a spot at that position), he was arguably the best punt returner ever to play at OSU (17 yard per return average in 1973).

Morris Bradshaw had an 88-yard TD run (second longest in Buckeye history) and an 88-yard KO return in the same game against Wisconsin (in '71 or '72), then started as a WR on the undefeated 1973 team. He later played in the NFL (for the Raiders, I believe).
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Galloway will be at WR, which poll is coming up in a few weeks. Sometimes it is difficult to decide whether to put a player at one position or at "athlete". Colzie and Galloway are two such players, as are David Boston (OSU's all-time leading punt returner, as well as holder of several WR records and an AA at that position) and Ken-yon Rambo (known mostly as a WR, but is OSU's all-time leading KO returner). Please "write in" Galloway here, or wait until the WR poll. Thanks for your feedback.
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Paul Warfield...no contest really. He probably should be considered for greatest Buckeye in any category. This guy was a triple threat, lettered in track or could have played pro baseball. He was a winner everywhere he went (see championships with the Browns and Dolphins). I never think he gets his due and I'm not sure why, he seems like such a class act.
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Butler By'not'e??

You guys are just kiddin' around, right?

I'm going to vote for Elia just because of the transition from Fullback to Linebacker.
Also, his interception in the Michigan game is one of my favorite memories and one of my favorite radio play by play calls.
I can't remember the call exactly, but it went something like this:
"Intercepted by Bruce Elia, he's to the 40, the 45, the 50, He's to the 45 and pushed out of bounds at the Michigan 44!!!! He shook off tacklers like you shake of raindrops"!!!
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