Howard Cassady

Howard Cassady

NFL player

Name=Howard Cassady
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1934|3|2
Birthplace=Columbus, Ohio
Position=Running back
College=Ohio State
DraftedRound=1 / Pick 3
teams=Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns
Philadelphia Eagles

Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (born March 2, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former college and professional American football running back. He was the Heisman Trophy winner of 1955. He attended the now closed Central High School (Columbus, Ohio) in Columbus, Ohio

College career

Cassady played for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1952-55. During his college career, he scored 37 touchdowns in 36 games. He also played defensive back; a pass was never completed on him in his four years at the university. He was twice selected as a consensus All-American, in 1954 and 1955. In 1954 the Buckeyes finished the season 10-0 and won a consensus national championship. That year Cassady finished third in the vote for the Heisman Trophy behind Alan Ameche of Wisconsin (despite Ohio State defeating Wisconsin and limiting Ameche to 42 yards, and Cassady scoring on an 88-yard interception). In 1955, Cassady won the Heisman Trophy (by the largest margin at the time), the Maxwell Award, and was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year.

Cassady earned the nickname "Hopalong" during his first game as a freshman for Ohio State. Columbus sportswriters who saw him play said he "hopped all over the field like the performing cowboy," a reference to the fictional character Hopalong Cassidy. In that game Cassady came off the bench to score three touchdowns in a win over Indiana University.

Cassady held many Ohio State career records for decades. He held the career rushing record (2,466 yards) until he was surpassed by Jim Otis in 1969, the career all-purpose yards record (4,403 yards) until he was surpassed by Archie Griffin in 1974, and the scoring record (222 points) until he was surpassed by Pete Johnson in 1975.

Cassady also played baseball for Ohio State. He led the team in home runs in 1955 and in stolen bases in 1956. While at Ohio State, he also became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Cassady is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

Pro Football and Beyond

Cassady played nine seasons in the National Football League: seven for the Detroit Lions, and one each for the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. In the NFL, Cassady was an all-purpose back, playing both the receiver and the running back positions. In doing so, he scored twenty-seven touchdowns in his career.

After retiring from football, Cassady became an entrepreneur; he formed a company manufacturing concrete pipe. More recently, he has served as a scout for the New York Yankees baseball team, and as the first base coach for their AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.


* [ Cassady's Heisman page]
* [ College football career summary] from the Ohio State University website
* [ Article: Ohio State Retires Cassady's Number 40]

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