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Chris "Beanie" Wells

Christopher "Beanie" Wells was well known for his football skills when he entered Garfield High School. His participation at age six in the Pee-Wee football programs had signaled to all who saw him play that he was ready for the next step - and he sure lived up to his reputation. At Garfield, the 6'1", 210 pound running back was one of the area's outstanding performers. He was named to the All-City squad three years in a row beginning with his sophomore year and made the All-District team also. Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel offered Beanie a scholarship and there was no hesitation of acceptance. In 2005 he packed up his clothes and belongings and headed for Columbus. He played three years for the Buckeyes, rushing for 576 yards as a freshman. His sophomore year turned out to be the best in his collegiate career as he rushed for 1,609 yards, averaging nearly six yards per carry and scoring 15 touchdowns. He set a personal record, rushing for 222 yards against archrival Michigan and was named to the first team All-Big Ten and second team All-America. Injuried hampered Beanie in his junior year. Although he missed three games, his teammates voted him as Most Valuable Player. During Wells' three years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship every year. Beanie opted to enter the NFL Draft in 2009 and was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals. As a rookie, the 6'2", 230 pound Wells played in all 16 games for the Cardinals, racking up 793 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. His best year in the pros was 2011 when he eclipsed an 1,000 yard season (1,047) and averaged better than four yards per carry. His pro career ended in 2012 when Wells ruptured his Achilles tendon halfway through the season, forcing him to retire.

Inducted 2016 | Football