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John Hicks
Date of birth: March 21, 1951 (1951-03-21) (age 58)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Tackle
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
 As player:
1974-1977 New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1974 UPI NFC Rookie of Year
1973 Outland Trophy
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

John Charles Hicks Jr. (born March 21, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is best remembered for being the last lineman to be runner-up in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.


College career

In 1970, Hicks came onto the Buckeye scene and won the job as a starting tackle. He unfortunately missed his sophomore year due to a knee injury, but rebounded to put together two spectacular seasons in 1972 and 1973. During Hicks' three years, Ohio State posted a 28-3-1 record, and each year, Ohio State won the Big Ten Championship and went to the Rose Bowl, making Hicks the first person from OSU to play in three Rose Bowls.

In 1972 Hicks was recognized as a First Team All-America selection and earned his first of two All-Big Ten honors. He repeated his All-Conference honors his senior year and again earned All-America honors, this time as a unanimous selection. His stellar senior season and dominance of the line of scrimmage caught the eye of the voters as Hicks won the Lombardi Award as the nation's most outstanding lineman and the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman.


The comeback

That Hicks was the road grader for such great running backs as Archie Griffin, Pete Johnson and Harold "Champ" Henson is all the more amazing when considering what he had to overcome. The 6-3, 258 pound tackle started as a sophomore in 1970, freshman weren't eligible, and helped them go to the Rose Bowl. In 1971, he started off the season in dominant fashion before injuring his knee and missing the last six games of the season. He came back to become an All-American in 1972 helping the Buckeyes to go back to the Rose Bowl. Then he had his monster 1973 season. A first round draft pick of the New York Giants, injuries would put a halt to his pro career.

The Rose Bowls

Hicks was the first player to ever start in three Rose Bowls and was part of a monster Ohio State team. The unbeaten Buckeyes lost to Stanford 27-17 in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Next year at the 1973 game, Ohio State got steamrolled by USC 42-17. But the 1974 Rose Bowl game would be Ohio State's year as it beat USC 42-21 as Hicks led the way to 323 rushing yards.


  • First Team All-American-1972, 1973
  • First Team All-Big Ten-1972, 1973
  • Second in Heisman Trophy voting-1973
  • Outland Trophy Winner-1973
  • Lombardi Trophy Winner-1973
  • Rose Bowl Hall of Fame-2009


Hicks is married to his wife Cindy, the father of four children, and has one granddaughter and one grandson.

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Preceded by
Rich Glover
Outland Trophy Winners
Succeeded by
Randy White
Preceded by
Rich Glover
Lombardi Award Winners
Succeeded by
Randy White


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