- Howard Cassady
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1934|3|2
DraftedRound=1 / Pick 3
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Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (born March 2, 1934 in
Columbus, Ohio) is a former college and professional American football running back. He was the Heisman Trophywinner of 1955. He attended the now closed Central High School (Columbus, Ohio) in Columbus, Ohio
Cassady played for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1952-55. During his college career, he scored 37 touchdowns in 36 games. He also played defensive back; a pass was never completed on him in his four years at the university. He was twice selected as a consensus
All-American, in 1954 and 1955. In 1954 the Buckeyes finished the season 10-0 and won a consensus national championship. That year Cassady finished third in the vote for the Heisman Trophybehind Alan Amecheof Wisconsin (despite Ohio State defeating Wisconsin and limiting Ameche to 42 yards, and Cassady scoring on an 88-yard interception). In 1955, Cassady won the Heisman Trophy(by the largest margin at the time), the Maxwell Award, and was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year.
Cassady earned the nickname "Hopalong" during his first game as a freshman for Ohio State. Columbus sportswriters who saw him play said he "hopped all over the field like the performing cowboy," a reference to the fictional character
Hopalong Cassidy. In that game Cassady came off the bench to score three touchdowns in a win over Indiana University.
Cassady held many Ohio State career records for decades. He held the career rushing record (2,466 yards) until he was surpassed by
Jim Otisin 1969, the career all-purpose yards record (4,403 yards) until he was surpassed by Archie Griffinin 1974, and the scoring record (222 points) until he was surpassed by Pete Johnson in 1975.
Cassady also played
baseballfor Ohio State. He led the team in home runsin 1955 and in stolen basesin 1956. While at Ohio State, he also became a member of the Sigma Chifraternity.
Cassady is a member of
The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C.National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.
Pro Football and Beyond
Cassady played nine seasons in the
National Football League: seven for the Detroit Lions, and one each for the Cleveland Brownsand the Philadelphia Eagles. In the NFL, Cassady was an all-purpose back, playing both the receiver and the running back positions. In doing so, he scored twenty-seven touchdowns in his career.
After retiring from football, Cassady became an entrepreneur; he formed a company manufacturing concrete pipe. More recently, he has served as a scout for the
New York Yankees baseballteam, and as the first base coach for their AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.
* [http://www.heisman.com/winners/h-cassady55.html Cassady's Heisman page]
* [http://ohiostatebuckeyes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/heisman/osu-m-footbl-cassady.html College football career summary] from the
Ohio State Universitywebsite
* [http://ohiostatebuckeyes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/122104aad.html Article: Ohio State Retires Cassady's Number 40]
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