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Ohio State great John Hicks dead at 65

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The lineman nearly won the Heisman Trophy in 1973.

Hicks (74) blocking for the New York Giants as a pro.
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Per WBNS-10TV in Columbus, former Ohio State lineman John Hicks is dead at the age of 65.

Hicks, a two-time All-American and an inductee of both the College Football and Ohio State Hall of Fames, reportedly died from complications from diabetes.

In 1973, Hicks won the Outland and Lombardi trophies and finished second behind John Cappelletti in the Heisman Trophy voting. Hicks also started in three straight Rose Bowls in the early 1970s, the first player to ever do so. Hicks was also a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection.

The Cleveland native went on to be a first round pick of the New York Giants, earning NFC rookie of the year honors, and played five years in the NFL before injuries ended his career. After football, Hicks was involved in multiple charity endeavors in the greater Columbus area.

Our thoughts our with the Hicks family, his former teammates and friends.