The Ohio State Buckeyes lost one of their last living legends from their first-ever national title team this week as Cecil “Cy” Souders passed away. He was 100 years old and the oldest living former NFL player at the time of his passing.
Born in Ohio in 1921, Souders was recruited by the late-great Paul Brown to play wide receiver at Ohio State. Souders was a part of the Buckeyes’ 1942 season and had two receptions for 13 yards as they went 9-1 and won their first-ever national title.
Souders later put his college playing career on hold and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to Ohio State in 1946 and won team MVP honors. Playing until the age of 26, Souders was dubbed “The Old Man” by his teammates.
Sounders was a three-time All-American, and was drafted in the 25th round of the the 1945 NFL Draft. He would play three seasons for the Detroit Lions, making 17 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown in 35 games.
Cy Souders, a member of Ohio State's 1942 national championship team who was also the Buckeyes’ team MVP in 1946 after serving in World War II, died Monday at 100 years old. https://t.co/4EUIaoxoO9
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After his football career, Cy Souders became a salesman in Detroit, working 38 years for Suburban Motor Freight Company and was promoted to vice president in 1984.
In 2002, Souders was elected to the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Bucyrus City Schools Hall of Fame in 2016.
Souders leaves behind his wife of 81 years.
Our hearts go out to Mr. Souders’ family and loved ones.