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Statement Released On Death Of Former Ohio State Football Star Mike Kudla

A closeup of an Ohio State football helmet with Buckeyes stickers.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Mike Kudla, who starred for Ohio State's football program in the early-to-mid 2000s, passed away over the weekend, his high school has confirmed. The former Buckeyes' standout passed away on Sunday.

The Ohio native was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He battled through some injuries with the Buckeyes and was a part of a national championship team. Eleven Warriors called him the greatest Buckeye ever to wear No. 57.

Kudla's high school, Highland High School, has released a statement on the tragic passing.

Kudla is one of the most-beloved Buckeyes in recent memory. He is perhaps best known for his strength, as he's one of the strongest players in Ohio State history.

The former defensive lineman still holds the program record for bench press at 610 pounds and at one point, he held the NFL Combine record for most reps on the bench.

Ohio State wrote the following of Kudla, who became a big part of the business community after his playing days, back in 2016:

“Mike Kudla, a former Ohio State football standout and former managing director of development at Fisher College of Business, is the chief operating officer and senior vice president for Hplex Solutions Inc. Hplex Solutions is a premier healthcare development company that specializes in real estate development, owner representative services, real estate and business consulting and property management. Hplex Solutions has developed more than $3.5 billion in healthcare real estate and manages more than 4 million square feet of healthcare real estate.”

Our thoughts are with Kudla's family, friends and former teammates. May he rest in peace.