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Photo: Ohio State Football Unveils Special Helmet Decal

Two Ohio State football helmets

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

On Friday, the Ohio State football program learned that former legend Howard "Hopalong" Cassady passed away at the age of 85. In an effort to honor the former All-American, the team added a special helmet decal.

Cassady had an incredible career at Ohio State, winning the Heisman Trophy back in 1955. He earned the nickname “Hopalong” because of his playing style.

Director of Athletics Gene Smith released a statement about the news on Friday, saying "He was an all-time great Buckeye in every way. We will have the Cassady family in our thoughts and in our prayers."

Ohio State's football team will have the chance to make the Cassady family proud this afternoon when it faces Miami (OH).

The Buckeyes have added special decals to their helmets that has Cassady's number on it.

Check it out:

This is a classy gesture from the Buckeyes. Hopefully, the program keeps this decal throughout the season.

Ohio State has an excellent chance to improve to 4-0 on the season with a win this afternoon. It'd be the perfect start for Ryan Day as he continues to prove that he's a worthy successor to Urban Meyer.

Expect the Buckeyes to come out with tons of energy against the RedHawks.