Howard Cassady

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Howard Cassady was an outstanding athlete at The Ohio State University in the early 1950's.

Cassady was born on March 2, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio. As a young boy, he became fascinated with football at The Ohio State University.

In March 1952, Cassady enrolled at Ohio State. He tried out successfully for the football team. Cassady played both as a running back and as a cornerback. In his first game, Cassady scored three touchdowns against the Indiana Hoosiers. Soon after this game, a sportswriter nicknamed Cassady "Hopalong" because of his tendency to dash all over the field on both offensive and defensive plays. The nickname also was a reference to Hopalong Cassidy, a popular character in cowboy movies and television programs at that time.

During his four seasons as a Buckeye, Cassady scored thirty-seven touchdowns and rushed for 2,466 yards. He also never had a pass completed against him while he played on defense in a Big Ten game. Cassady was an All-American in both 1954 and 1955. He won both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award in 1955 at the end of his senior season. The Associated Press named him the "Male Athlete of the Year" in 1955. In 1979, Cassady won election to the College Football Hall of Fame. Cassady also played as shortstop for three seasons on Ohio State's baseball team.

Once Cassady completed his senior season, the Detroit Lions selected him in the National Football League's draft. Cassady spent six years with the Lions and also played a season each with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. He returned to the Lions for his eighth and final season in the National Football League. Cassady primarily played on defense but still scored twenty-seven touchdowns in his professional career. After retiring from football, Cassady started  businesses that manufactured concrete pipe, steel and ships. Cassady also served as a scout for the New York Yankees and as a coach for the Columbus Clippers baseball teams.

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