Countdown to Kickoff: 40 Days

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40.  An Ohio State legend and one of the Buckeyes’ six Heisman Trophy winners, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady wore number 40 during his time as half back at Ohio State.  Cassady helped lead the team to an undefeated championship season in 1954, and was a back to back first team All American in ’54 and ’55 (his Heisman Trophy season).  Cassady’s numbers would be consider less-than-impressive by today’s standards, but at that time he was one of the best to play the position.  He held several records at Ohio State upon his graduation, all of which have since been beaten.  Although it was not retired officially until the 2000 season, no Buckeye donned number 40 after Cassady’s final year in 1955.  The number is one of 7 uniform numbers retired by the program.  Due to roster numbers being what they are, Ohio State no longer retires jersey numbers, instead opting to honor players of particular importance to the University while still making the number available to future players.  Previously retired uniforms will remain retired, however, so there will never again be a #40 for the Scarlet and Grey. 

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