2019 Honoree, Keith Byars

2019 Honoree, Keith Byars

Ohio born & bred, Keith Byars attended high school at the now-defunct Roth High School in Dayton, Ohio and Trotwood Madison High School, in Trotwood, Ohio. He went on to star at The Ohio State University where he scored 49 touchdowns and gained over 3,200 yards rushing for the Buckeyes. Byars finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy in 1984 and had one of the greatest games in OSU history by rushing for 274 yards and 5 TDs against Illinois. His 67 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter that day would become well-known for the tough style of running that Keith embodied as he ran out of his shoe – in The Shoe!

Byars was drafted in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft and was the 10th overall pick. He went on to play 11 years in the National Football League for the Eagles, Dolphins, Patriots and Jets.

Keith’s career highlights include being named the Big Ten Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All-American, as well as taking home All-Pro honors. He is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team and is considered one of the greatest players to ever don the Scarlet & Gray.

 

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