Ohio State lost one of its great ambassadors of its football program last month when John Hicks died at age 65.
Hicks was one of the greatest linemen in college football history, playing offensive tackle from 1970-73. He was a first-team All-American, won the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in 1973 and was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting that year. He went on to be the third overall draft pick in the 1974 NFL Draft.
Lou Holtz, the longtime head coach best remembered for his tenure at Notre Dame, was an assistant at Ohio State in 1968. He helped recruit Hicks to Columbus. Holtz stayed close with Hicks for the rest of his life, and the coach gave a video tribute to him this week.
In the video, posted by former Buckeyes player Braxton Miller, Holtz describes his memories of Hicks.
“I’ve been in the homes of thousands of athletes recruiting. Never have I been in a finer home than when I visited John Hicks for the first time,” he said. “We miss him, we’re sad. But I also think about how fortunate and blessed we are that John Hicks came our way. He’s a special person.”
Watch his entire video tribute here.