Dave Leggett

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Dave Leggett
Dave Leggett - 1955 Bowman.jpg
Leggett on a 1955 Bowman football card
No. 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born:(1933-09-18)September 18, 1933
New Philadelphia, Ohio
Died:March 26, 2013(2013-03-26) (aged 79)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: New Philadelphia (OH)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1955  / Round: 7 / Pick: 74
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDs:0
INT:0
Yards:0
QB Rating:39.6
Player stats at NFL.com

William David "Dave" Leggett (September 18, 1933 – March 26, 2013) was a National Football League quarterback. [1] He played collegiately at Ohio State University from 1952–1954. In 1954, he led Ohio State to an undefeated 10–0 season and a berth in the Rose Bowl, where Ohio State defeated USC and Leggett was named MVP. [2] He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 7th round (74th overall) of the 1955 NFL Draft. [3]

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Leggett was most famous for his play in the 1954 Michigan game. Ohio State's undefeated season was on the line, with the score tied 7–7 in the fourth quarter. Michigan was on the Ohio State one yard line with a fourth down and went for it. Michigan pitched the ball to the right and on defense Leggett was a great safety and it was only him and the Michigan ball carrier at the end zone and as the Michigan back leaped for the end zone Leggett went for his legs and flipped the Michigan man over to stop him short of the end zone. With the ball on Ohio State's own one-yard-line, Leggett led the Buckeyes on a drive for the eventual game-winning touchdown. [4]

The 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1954 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was led by quarterback Dave Leggett and captains John Borton and Dick Brubaker. They were the second national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes were awarded the title by the AP Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.

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Leggett, besides being the most valuable player in that 1955 Rose Bowl win, lettered for coach Woody Hayes and the Buckeyes in 1952, 1953 and 1954.

After graduating from Ohio State in 1955 with a degree in business, Leggett played briefly for the Chicago Cardinals, as mentioned above, before getting called into the military (he was in ROTC at Ohio State). He spent two years in the Air Force and then played football in the Canadian Football League.

He then rejoined the Air Force for a time, and after a three-year military stint in Germany, returned to the United States and spent most of his professional life working in the investment and financial planning business.

Leggett died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a long illness. [5]

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References

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  2. Lesmerises, Doug (December 16, 2009). "Buckeyes Rose Bowl Rewind: National championship glory in the mud of 1955". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
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