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John Hicks, former Ohio State and New York offensive lineman, passes away at age 65

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OSU offensive lineman John Hicks played for the Buckeyes from 1970-1973. Credit: Ohio State Athletics

OSU offensive lineman John Hicks played for the Buckeyes from 1970-1973. Credit: Ohio State Athletics

John Hicks, former Ohio State offensive lineman and first-round draft pick of the New York Giants, has died at the age of 65 according to his family.

According to a report from 10TV, Hicks passed away due to complications from diabetes.

A member of the Buckeyes from 1970-73, the Cleveland native was an All-American in back-to-back seasons, and won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1973. Hicks was also a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in his final season at OSU.

Hicks earned NFC Rookie of the Year honors in his first season in the NFL before ending his career early due to injury after five seasons.

Many from the OSU community have taken to social media to show their sympathy for Hick’s family.

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