Thursday morning Jim Herbstreit passed away in his home in Cleveland at the age of 77.
He was a former captain for Ohio State under legendary football coach Woody Hayes.
Jim Herbstreit was a running back, defensive back and special teams player for Ohio State from 1958-60.
was selected as a captain his
The most important attributes coach Hayes cared about in a player was the effort he
would give on and off the football field, a winning attitude and most importantly he
had to be a young man of good character.
To be a captain for his
team you had to excel in all of these areas.
Even though there were six seniors on the team in 1960 who were drafted by the NFL, Jim Herbstreit was chosen to be a captain.
obviously embodied those characteristics that were dear to Woody and he
captained the Buckeyes to a 7-2 record in the 1960 season.
He impressed Woody Hayes so much he was asked to join the coaching staff after he graduated.
coached for two years at Ohio State
before following Bo Schembechler to Miami.
After two years as an assistant to Bo, Herbstreit
left coaching to enter private business.
When Kirk was selected as a captain his senior season in 1992 the two joined James
and Jeff Davidson as the only father and son captains for the Buckeyes.
carved out quite a legacy at Ohio State
played and coached for one of the legends of the game and led his
team to a winning record as a captain his
But probably more important to Woody than anything else Jim Herbstreit accomplished at Ohio State
was what he
did in the final game of his
team to a victory over "That Team Up North".
walked out of The Horseshoe with a 7-0 victory over the Wolverines.
You know Woody loved that.
We send our thoughts and prayers to all of Jim Herbstreit's
family and friends.