Ohio State adding another Buckeye great to CFB Hall of Fame

BY Marcus Hartman • January 8, 2016

Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau is part of the newest class of College Football Hall of Famers. 

A two-time All-American, Cousineau was part of three Big Ten championship teams in the late 1970s for head coach Woody Hayes. 

The Fairview, Ohio, native still holds Ohio State records for tackles in a season (211), solo tackles in a game (16, shared with Ryan Shazier) and tackle assists in a game (20). 

“I am stunned," Cousineau said in a news release from Ohio State on Friday. "I am humbled. And I am truly honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame class." 

Cousineau was an All-American in 1977 and '78 as well as a three-time All-Big Ten selection. 

He will be the 25th Ohio State player enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame and the third linebacker (Chris Spielman, Randy Gradishar). 

Other Ohio State players on the ballot this year were tailback Keith Byars and fullback Jim Otis. 

“I know there are so many great, great players who will never see the College Football Hall of Fame," Cousineau said. "It is my understanding that it is really tough to get consensus with so many great players on the ballot, so the fact I have been elected into the Hall of Fame is a testament to the incredible teammates I was fortunate to play alongside and just wonderful news to receive. I am very appreciative and thankful for this honor.”

After Gradishar finished his career at Ohio State, the Buffalo Bills took him with the No. 1 pick in the 1979 NFL draft. 

He began his pro career in the CFL before his rights were eventually traded to the Cleveland Browns. 

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