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John Wooldridge

Record-setting running back at Central-Hower High School earned first-team All-Ohio honors and Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year in 1981. Lettered four seasons, 1983-86, under Earle Bruce at Ohio State. As a freshman in 1983, saw action in 11 games and rushed for 264 yards, averaging 5.2 yards a carry to help the Buckeyes compile a 9-3 record that included a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. As a sophomore he was second in rushing with 633 yards for a career and team high 5.9 yards a carry average that helped OSU compile another 9-3 record, capture the Big Ten title and win a trip to the Rose Bowl. His best season came in 1985 when he took over as starting tailback. His 820 yards rushing and seven TDs was OSU's best and, along with his 24 pass catches for 231 yards and two TDs, he helped the Buckeyes to a third straight 9-3 season, which included a 10-7 win over Brigham Young in the Citrus Bowl. A knee injury in the first game of 1986 ended Wooldridge's collegiate career with 1,747 rushing yards and, after signing with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987, another knee injury ended his football playing days in 1988.

Inducted 2011 | Football