Former Ohio State star John Hicks, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 65 years old.
WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio, reported Hicks died “due to complications from diabetes.”
Hicks, from Cleveland, Ohio, was an offensive lineman at Ohio State, where he became the most recent lineman to finish second in Heisman Trophy voting (second in 1973 to Penn State RB John Cappelletti).
Hicks was an All-America selection and won both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in 1973. He was the No. 3 overall pick by the New York Giants in the 1974 NFL Draft.
Hicks started in three Rose Bowls: 1970 vs. Stanford, 1972 vs. USC and 1973 vs. USC. The Buckeyes went 28-3-1 during his playing career.
“I was stunned and saddened to hear the news of John Hicks’ passing,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a release. “He was truly one of the all-time greats for this university who was always good to this football program and the community. He will truly be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
RIP to Buckeye legend John Hicks. First round draft pick, Outland/Lombardi award winner, and runner-up for the Heisman trophy. pic.twitter.com/BtRsj7LIFi
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) October 30, 2016