Former Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State running back Howard "Hopalong" Cassady has passed away at the age of 85, according to his family. Cassady was born and raised in Columbus and attended The Ohio State University from 1952 to 1955.
“We’ve lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in Hop Cassady,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said. “He was an all-time great Buckeye in every way. We will have the Cassady family in our thoughts and in our prayers.”
He spent nine seasons in the NFL, seven of which was spent with the Detroit Lions.
Cassady was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977. His jersey No. 40 was retired by Ohio State in 2000.
Cassady will be honored at Ohio Stadium on Saturday during the Buckeye's game against Miami