One of the best Buckeyes ever has passed away.
John Hicks, a former Ohio State offensive lineman, has passed away. He was 65.
The former two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer died as a result of complications from diabetes, according to his family.
Hicks played for Ohio State from 1970-73, appearing in three straight Rose Bowls. He was a two-time first-team All-American and finished runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest a lineman has ever finished in the voting.
Very sorry to hear about the death of John Hicks, the star #OhioState offensive tackle in the 1970s. He was a very kind man. Story to come.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) October 30, 2016
R.I.P. to the LEGEND John Hicks. The greatest 74 in OSU history by a country mile. Loved him and was proud to wear his number. #legend
— Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) October 30, 2016
My father still insists John Hicks was the best offensive lineman he ever saw. Heisman runner-up, Offensive Rookie of the Year. RIP https://t.co/PwqefDYrwG
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) October 30, 2016
A Buckeye GIANT has been called home. RIP Buckeye Brother John Hicks. #Sacredbrotherhood
— Todd Alles (@ToddAllesSr) October 30, 2016
Hicks went on to be selected third overall in the 1974 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, whom he played with until 1977.
Rest in peace, John.