Eddie George enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2011 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame class, including Ohio State’s Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Eddie George, was honored at the hall’s Enshrinement Festival last weekend in South Bend, Ind.

George, who holds the single season and single game rushing records for Ohio State and ranks second only to the great Archie Griffin in career yards, becomes the 23rd Ohio State player to enter college football’s Hall of Fame. He is one of only six Ohio State individuals with his name honored in lights in the north end zone of Ohio Stadium. The University recognized George’s pending induction into the Hall of Fame at halftime of Ohio State’s Oct. 28, 2011 Homecoming game against Wisconsin.

The weekend in South Bend kicked off with a Ribs Cook-Off and Block Party. Friday evening concluded with the annual Blazer Presentation, where the Hall of Famers were formally introduced and presented with their official blazers amidst the fans and spectators. Both events were hosted at the Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

The events culminated Saturday night with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show, hosted by FOX and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis.

George, Ohio State’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner, rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 1995. Included in that total were three 200-yard games highlighted by a still-standing school-record 314-yard performance against Illinois. 

George rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior after a combined 399 yards rushing his first two seasons (giving him 3,768 career yards). He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He was named the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years in the league, earning four Pro Bowl berths.

He received his degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State in 2001 through the school’s degree completion program. Later that year his No. 27 jersey was retired by the Athletics Department. In 2006 he was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Eddie, and his wife Taj, live in Tennessee with their two sons, Eriq and Jaire.

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Jody Victor

Buckeyes In The News

Jody Victor: Buckeye alumni are out there in almost every job. career, employment, service, military, occupation you can think of. In fact, there may be some we didn’t think of. Case in point, here’s an excerpt from an article on osu.edu about just such an alumni.

In 1984, the black-and-white Nintendo Entertainment System was still a year away from its U.S. release; the first version of Tetris had just been created in Moscow.

Sixteen-year-old Steve May was used to the barebones video game graphics that defined the era. But a story in Science that year–focused on new “amazing computer-generated imagery”–fascinated him.

Best of all for the Mansfield teen? It was happening at Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, a trailblazer in the field of computer animation.

Three Ohio State degrees later, May is a shining star at Pixar, where he’s worked on Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story 2. (May earned a bachelor’s in 1990, master’s in 1992, and PhD in 1998, all in Computer and Information Science.)

For Brave, which opened at No. 1, May oversaw and developed technology used in the film; ensured the movie lined up with the director’s creative vision; and supervised animators.

“I loved school,” says May, who also served as Ohio State faculty for 12 years. “I studied computer graphics and animation, so it directly applies to what we do at Pixar.”

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Jody Victor

23 FB players have now graduated in 2011-12

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ten more Ohio State football players – past performers and those from the 2011 team – received their bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University Sunday in commencement exercises at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State’s football players were among a university-record 10,642 individuals who received degrees and certificates at the ceremony. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, delivered the commencement address in front of approximately 50,000 guests.

Among the spring quarter graduates are two – punter Ben Buchanan and safety Zach Domicone – who will be members of the 2012 team as fifth-year seniors. Two-year starting linebacker Andrew Sweat received his degree in marketing and Jake Ballard, a starting member of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, also received his degree, in sport and leisure studies.

The 10 new graduates increase to 23 the number of Ohio State football players who have received their degree during the 2011-12 academic year.

The ceremony was the university’s 400th commencement and Ohio State’s last on the academic quarter system.

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Jody Victor