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Ohio State great Tom Cousineau named to the College Football Hall of Fame

The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class will have scarlet and gray representation.

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Though the college football's selection process can be classified favorably as arbitrary at best, Buckeyes have a reason to be celebrating today.

On Friday, the College Football Hall of Fame, now based in Atlanta, GA, announced that Buckeye great Tom Cousineau was named a 2016 hall of fame inductee. Cousineau played under Woody Hayes from 1975 to 1978 and was a consensus first-team All-American.

The linebacker finished his OSU career with an Ohio State record 572 tackles over 47 games. That total still ranks second on the school’s all-time charts. He'd also go on to be the number one overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.

“I am stunned. I am humbled. And I am truly honored to be a part of this Hall of Fame class,” Cousineau said Friday from his home in Akron in a statement released by OSU. “I know there are so many great, great players who will never see the College Football Hall of Fame. 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.”

Congrats to Cousineau and his family on an outstanding honor and a tremendous career as a Buckeye.