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In Jim Stillwagon's hometown of Mt. Vernon, OH, 60 miles northeast of the Horseshoe, devotion to the Buckeyes is a foregone conclusion. Yet Stillwagon grew up idolizing Notre Dame and had his sights set on the gridiron at South Bend...until, that is, he met Woody Hayes. "He just liked me because I had a short haircut and went to military school and said, 'Yes, sir,'" Jim later recalled. He received the very last scholarship in that greatest-ever recruiting class (which ultimately never lost a game at Ohio Stadium)—and may well have been its premier player. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound defensive tackle was notoriously strong, aggressive and fierce. As one of the Super Sophs, he led the Buckeyes to an undefeated national championship in '68. Their powerhouse defense kept opponents to just 10 points per game in '69, and the team staked claim to another national title in '70 as the Wagon was named OSU's MVP, plus received the supreme laurels of his position: The Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. It was the Golden Age of the Woody Hayes era and the finest three-year run in Ohio State history. Drafted by the Packers (who wanted to turn him into a linebacker), Stillwagon chose to suit up instead for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, where he became a fan favorite and three-time All Star over five Argo seasons.
Essentially a Heisman for interior linemen, the prestigious Outland Trophy dates back to 1946 and has been won by the likes of Jim Parker, Alex Karras, Merlin Olsen, Ron Yary, Randy White and Bruce Smith. (Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald was the 2013 recipient.) Even the bronze charging statue calls to mind the spirit of the Heisman pose. Dimensions of the trophy are 11" tall x 12" long x 8" wide, and the plaque reads, "OUTLAND TROPHY / 1970 / JIM STILLWAGON / OHIO STATE." NM/MT condition. Namesake John Outland was an All-American tackle at Penn in the late 1890s (with teammate Truxton Hare) and coached briefly before becoming a successful surgeon in the Kansas City area. The Outland is the third oldest college-football trophy and is voted on by the Football Writers Association of America.
Jim Stillwagon 1970 Outland Trophy
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