Howard Cassady

Last updated
Hopalong Cassady
Howard Cassady (1953 Makio).jpg
No. 40, 41
Position: Halfback, split end
Personal information
Born:(1934-03-02)March 2, 1934
Columbus, Ohio
Died:September 20, 2019(2019-09-20) (aged 85)
Tampa, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Columbus (OH) Central
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1956  / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Howard Albert "Hopalong" Cassady (March 2, 1934 – September 20, 2019) was an American professional football player who was a running back. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1955, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons, seven of them for the Detroit Lions, with whom he won the 1957 NFL Championship Game.

Contents

Early life

Cassady was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended the now closed Central High School.

College career

Cassady played football for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1952 to 1955. 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. The 1954 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. In 1955, he won the Heisman Trophy (by the largest margin at the time) and the Maxwell Award, and was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year. During his playing days, he was 5'10" and 170 pounds.

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.

During an Ohio State practice in 1953, Cassady was having trouble executing an off-tackle run. At this point Coach Woody Hayes told Cassady to take a seat and brought in backup running back Robert Croce, who executed the play flawlessly and carried the ball for 20+ yards. Hayes then told Cassady, "Cassady, did you see that Croce was just slow enough to hit the hole. You're hitting the line too fast!"

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

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

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

Professional career

Cassady played eight seasons in the National Football League: seven (1956-1961, and 1963) for the Detroit Lions, and one season (1962) split between the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. In the NFL he was an all-purpose back, playing both receiver and running back and scoring 27 career touchdowns.

After football

After retiring from football, Cassady became an entrepreneur forming a company manufacturing concrete pipe. He then served as a scout for the New York Yankees baseball team, and as the first base coach for their former AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.

His son Craig Cassady played defensive back at Ohio State, and briefly in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints in the 1970s. [1] Cassady died on September 20, 2019 at his home in Tampa, Florida. [2] [3]

Related Research Articles

Eddie George American football running back (born 1973)

Edward Nathan George Jr. is a former professional American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons who is the current head coach of Tennessee State. He played college football for The Ohio State University and won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. George was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Post-football, George earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In 2015, he guest starred on an IFC episode of the satirical talk-show Comedy Bang Bang, titled "Eddie George Wears a Navy Suit and Half-Zip Pullover." In 2016, he appeared on Broadway in the musical Chicago as the hustling lawyer Billy Flynn.

Archie Griffin American football running back

Archie Mason Griffin is a former American football running back. Griffin played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, and is considered to be one of the greatest college football players of all time. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State Buckeyes and was the first player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.

Keith Byars

Keith Alan Byars is an American sports broadcaster and former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Desmond Howard American football player

Desmond Kevin Howard is an American former football player. Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide receiver. He is now a college football analyst for ESPN.

Les Horvath

Leslie Horvath was an American football quarterback and halfback who won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Ohio State University in 1944. Horvath was the first Ohio State player to win the Heisman, an award given to the best college football player in the United States. The school retired his jersey number 22 in 2001.

Troy Smith American football quarterback

Troy James Smith is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Ohio State, was recognized as an All-American, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2006. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, and the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy, Smith never found success on the professional level, never appearing in more than six games a season during his four-year NFL career. He played in the CFL for two seasons following his NFL career before retiring from football in 2014.

Jim Parker (American football) American football player (1934–2005)

James Thomas Parker was an American professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Colts from 1957 to 1967. He played college football at Ohio State University from 1954 to 1956. Parker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

Chic Harley American football player (1894–1974)

Charles Wesley "Chic" Harley was one of the outstanding American football players of the first half of the 20th century and the player who first brought Ohio State University's football program to national attention. Harley was Ohio State's first consensus first-team All-America selection and first three-time All-America selection. In 1951, he became a charter inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Rex Kern

Rex William Kern is a former American football player. He played professional football in the National Football League at defensive back for the Baltimore Colts and Buffalo Bills. In college, Kern was the quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1968 to 1970; the Buckeyes went undefeated in 1968 and were national champions. Kern was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ollie Cline American football player

Oliver Monroe Cline was a college and professional American football fullback who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in the 1940s and 1950s. A standout high school athlete in his hometown of Fredericktown, Ohio, Cline attended Ohio State University starting in 1944. He became the football team's primary fullback that year as the school went unbeaten and was ranked second in the nation in the AP Poll. The following year, Cline was named the most valuable player in the Big Ten Conference, rushing for 936 yards as Ohio State built up a 7–2 record and was ranked 12th in the AP Poll. Following a brief stint in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II, Cline returned to Ohio State for a final season in 1947.

Robert Eugene Ferguson was an American football fullback. He played college football at Ohio State University, where he won the Maxwell Award in 1961. Ferguson then played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pete Johnson (American football)

Pete Johnson is a former professional American football running back and played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at Ohio State University under head coach Woody Hayes.

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.

Gene Fekete American football player

Eugene H. Fekete was an American football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns for one season in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) before launching a coaching and education career.

The 1956 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented the Ohio State University in the 1956 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth season under head coach Woody Hayes, the Buckeyes compiled a 6–3 record.

Braxton Miller American football wide receiver and quarterback

Braxton Marcellus Miller is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was their starting quarterback from 2011 to 2013, before being moved to the wide receiver position in 2015. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft and also was with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers.

Ezekiel Elliott American football running back

Ezekiel Elijah Elliott is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 2015. He was drafted by the Cowboys fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Elliott led the league in rushing yards in 2016 and 2018.

J. K. Dobbins American football running back

J'Kaylin "J. K." Dobbins is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Justin Fields American football quarterback

Justin Skyler Fields is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He began playing college football with Georgia in 2018 before transferring to Ohio State the following year. With Ohio State, Fields won several Big Ten Conference awards and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2019. He was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, who traded up to select him.

2019 Ohio State Buckeyes football team American college football season

The 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. This was the Buckeyes' 130th overall season and 107th as a member of the Big Ten Conference. They were led by Ryan Day, in his first season as Ohio State's full-time head coach.

References

  1. "Craig Cassady Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/sports/football/Howard-Hopalong-Cassady-dead.html
  3. Howard Cassady, former American football player dies at 85