Northeast Ohio helped put the University of Miami on the college football map in the early 1980s. The driving force behind the UM defense was Jay Brophy, the all-Ohioan from Akron’s Buchtel High School. Brophy, 6’2” and 227 pounds, established himself as one of the top linebackers in the country during his junior year season in 1982, leading the 7-4 Hurricanes with 135 tackles and earning team MVP honors. Brophy’s senior year was even more rewarding, registering 133 tackles and leading Miami to its first national football championship with a dramatic 31-30 Orange Bowl victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Brophy earned first-team All-American honors from the Football News and second team selection by the Sporting News and United Press International. He started in both the Senior Bowl and East-West Shine Game. The Miami Dolphins selected him in the second round of the National Football League draft, and Brophy started nine games, including the 38-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX. He played two more seasons for the Dolphins, including an appearance in the 1986 AFC Championship Game against New England and played part of the 1987 season with the New York Jets.