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Urban Meyer Tweets Heartfelt Message For Ohio State Football Legend Who Died

A closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

One of the most-important players in the history of Ohio State's football program died over the weekend.

Leo Brown, the first African-American captain in the Buckeyes' history, passed away. He was 84.

Ohio State released the following statement:

"Born in 1934 and a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Brown was a three-year Varsity O letterman for Ohio State from 1955-57. He played on the 1955 Big Ten championship team, the 1956 team that set a Big Ten Conference record by reaching 17 consecutive conference victories, and the 1957 team that won the UPI national championship, the third national title for Ohio State football and the second under Hayes.

An end who played both ways on the field, Brown earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a junior in 1956 before being selected as a team captain as a senior in 1957, along with Galen Cisco.

Following his Ohio State career, which included his becoming a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Brown enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a maxillofacial surgeon for over 20 years before retiring as a colonel."

Urban Meyer took to Twitter this evening to post a heartfelt message.

"Thoughts and prayers with the loved ones of National Champion Leo Brown, the first African-American captain at Ohio State. One of the Buckeye greats. Thank you for your service to our university and this great country!"

Rest in peace, Leo.