Byars played at both Trotwood-Madison and Roth before running for 3,200 yards in Scarlet and Gray.
The 1984 Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner and league MVP broke the OSU single-season rushing record in 1984 when he ran for 1,764 yards. That mark has since been surpassed by Eddie George and Ezekiel Elliott, but Byars’ record of 2,441 all-purpose yards still stands.
Ward was a two-time All-American offensive lineman for the Buckeyes in 1976 and ’77. He blocked for Archie Griffin in Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy campaign and was a four-time Big Ten champion.
Twenty-five Ohio State players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as players, most recently linebacker Tom Cousineau in 2016.
Twelve men who coached at Ohio State have been inducted into the CFB HOF, a list that also includes former Ohio State players Ernie Godfrey, Sid Gillman and Earle Bruce.
Godfrey was head coach at Wittenberg for 11 seasons before spending more than three decades as an assistant at Ohio State.
He also coached Tigers basketball.
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The last Ohio State football coach inducted into the CFB HOF was Jim Tressel in 2015.
Troy native Bob Ferguson, the star fullback of the 1961 national champions, is the only Ohio State College Football Hall of Fame player from the Miami Valley while Woody Hayes (born in Clifton) is the only coach.