Recognizing Woody Hayes’ 100Th Birthdayby Senator Rob Portman
Posted on 2013-03-05
PORTMAN. Mr. President, today I wish to honor the life and career
of Woody Hayes, who touched the lives of many Ohioans through his
leadership and coaching legacy. Woody Hayes was born on February 14,
1913, in Clifton, OH. On February 14, 2013, Coach Hayes would have
celebrated his 100th birthday. After graduating college, he joined the
Navy in 1941 to serve his country during World War II. He later
received his master's degree from the Ohio State University in 1948. In
1951 Mr. Hayes started his coaching career at the Ohio State
University, where he continued coaching until 1978, when he retired.
Woody Hayes is known for his outstanding winning record. Under his leadership, the Buckeyes won 205 games, 5 postseason bowl games, 13 Big Ten Championships, 3 consensus national championships--1954, 1957 and 1968--and 2 other nonconsensus national titles--1961 and 1970. Hayes was elected College Coach of the Year in 1957 and 1975 and served as president of the National Football Coaches Association. He also coached 3 Heisman Trophy winners and 56 first team All-American players.
Woody Hayes' real legacy was the way he impacted the lives of those around him. He was known to take personal interest in the lives of his players and their academic careers. In 1979 the Ohio State University created a scholarship in his honor, to help college athletes continue their education. Though Woody Hayes is no longer with us, I am pleased to honor his great legacy and all the lives he has touched.