The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will feature two of the best Buckeye football players to play their respective positions for the Scarlet and Gray.
Quarterback Troy Smith and cornerback Antoine Winfield headline this year's class, which features 11 former student-athletes and two coaches. The class will be officially inducted on Sept. 26, before being honored at halftime of Ohio State's battle with Cincinnati the following day.
Smith, the 2006 recipient of the Heisman Trophy, amassed a 25-3 record as a starter during his career with the Buckeyes, leading Ohio State to two Big Ten championships along the way. The consensus All-American also lays claim to a 3-0 record as a starter against Michigan and was a fifth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2007 NFL Draft.
After spending four years in the NFL with the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers and a season with the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks, the Cleveland Glenville product briefly returned to Ohio State as an intern in the athletic department. Smith is currently preparing for his second season with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, whom he started three games for in 2013.
Like Smith, Winfield was one of the best to ever play on his side of the ball for the Buckeyes. The Akron Garfield product enjoyed a dominant senior season in 1998, taking home the Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy, as well as being named a consensus All-American.
The 5-9, 180-pounder parlayed his storied college career into a successful stint in the pros as the 23rd overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft spent a combined 14 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings. Winfield was named to the Pro Bowl in each season from 2008-10 and was an All-Pro selection for the Vikings in 2008.
Fellow footballers joining Smith and Winfield in the Hall of Fame this year include Bob Vogel and Ralph Wolf. An offensive tackle for the Buckeyes from 1960-62, Vogel helped lead Ohio State to a national championship in 1961, while Wolf -- a two-way player along both lines -- took home team MVP honors in 1936 and 1937.
Other former Ohio State student-athletes being inducted into this year's Hall of Fame class include women's hockey player Tessa Bonhomme (2004-05, 2007-08), men's fencer Boaz Ellis (2004-06), women's track and field participants Rosalind Goodwin (2002-05) and Tami Smith (2000-03), men's golfer Ralph Guarasci (1975-78), synchronized swimmer Becky Kim (2004-06, 2009) and men's tennis player Jeremy Wurtzman (2002-04). Coaches being inducted in this year's class include wrestling coach Russ Hellickson (1986-2006) and women's basketball coach Nancy Darsch (1986-97).