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A Former Ohio State Heisman Trophy Winner Has Passed Away

An Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Ohio State community was dealt unfortunate news on Friday morning. Former Buckeye legend Howard “Hopalong” Cassady passed away at the age of 85.

Cassady had an incredible career at Ohio State, winning the Heisman Trophy back in 1955. He earned the nickname "Hopalong" because of the way he would hop all over the field.

In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy, Cassady was a two-time consensus All-American. Ohio State inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1977.

Unlike other college greats, Cassady helped his team on both sides of the football. Not only did he spend time breaking records as an all-purpose back, he also played defensive back.

Following his tenure at Ohio State, the Detroit Lions selected Cassady with the No. 3 pick in the 1956 NFL Draft. His professional career includes stints in Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

A member from Cassady's family announced the news of the Buckeye legend's death.

Cassady passed his football legacy down to his son, Craig Cassady, who played defensive back for the Buckeyes.

It'll be interesting to see how Ohio State honors Cassady this season. Perhaps, the team will have a tribute ready for its game tomorrow against Miami (OH).

Our thoughts are with the Cassady family during this time.