Ohio State Heisman winner Howard “Hopalong” Cassady dies

(Courtesy: Ohio State Athletics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Ohio State says former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back Howard “Hopalong” Cassady has died. He was 85.
Jerry Emig, Ohio State University associate athletics director, said Cassady died early Friday in Tampa, Florida.



Cassady played both football and baseball at Ohio State in the early 1950s, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955.


He was a two-time consensus All-American for the Buckeyes and finished his career with nearly 2,500 yards and 37 touchdowns.

He got the nickname “Hopalong” from local sports writers after the black-hatted Western star of the 1950s.

Cassady also played 10 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Detroit Lions.

After football, he spent two decades working as a scout and coach in the New York Yankees organization for longtime friend and team owner George Steinbrenner.


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