Jody Victor®: Ohio State Heisman Trophy Winners III

Jody Victor: There are two more Heisman Trophy winners that played for Ohio State. This is a tribute to them in memoriam.

Les Horvath – Horvath was the first Buckeye in school history to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. The Big Ten's Most Valuable Player in 1944, Horvath possibly was the most versatile player in the country during his time. He kicked, blocked, tackled, passed and ran OSU through its unblemished season and helped the team to a final No. 2 national ranking. He compiled over 1,200 all-purpose yards while leading the Big Ten in rushing (669 yards) and total offense (953 yards). By directing his team on the field, Horvath earned himself the nickname the “Playing Coach.”

After completing his OSU career with over 2,000 yards of total offense, Horvath entered the Navy in 1945. He was a dental officer by morning and assistant football coach (to Paul Brown) by afternoon. Horvath continued to coach in Hawaii and won the service championship. After a three-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns as a player, he returned to Los Angeles where he practiced dentistry. He also enjoyed coaching little league football.

Vic Janowicz – The 1950 Heisman Trophy winner, Janowicz is said to have been every player rolled into one with his great passing, running and kicking abilities. As evidence of his great athletic ability, he won the Heisman despite the Buckeyes' 6-3 season record.

During his junior season in 1950, Janowicz put together one of the greatest campaigns by an individual player in OSU football history. Accounting for 16 touchdowns and 875 yards in total offense, he proved he could be a threat on both sides of the ball.

One of his masterful performances occurred in a game against Iowa, in which he ran for two touchdowns and threw for four more in an Ohio State 83-21 win. He completed five-of-six passes for 128 yards in the Buckeye win and also set a Big Ten record with 10 extra points.

But perhaps even more amazing was the Michigan game, now called the snow Bowl of 1950, in which Janowicz kicked a 27-yard field goal into blizzard-like conditions. His kick is considered one of the greatest individual accomplishments in OSU history and perhaps sealed the Heisman Trophy nomination. His 21 punts for 685 yards set two more school records that day.

At the end of the season, Janowicz was named an All-American and the Heisman Trophy winner. In all, he had rewritten several records in the OSU football history book and forever put his name on its pages.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor