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Heisman Trophy winner Howard 'Hopalong' Cassady dies in Tampa at age 85

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 10:15:34-04

1955 Heisman Trophy winner Howard "Hopalong" Cassady passed away Friday morning at the age of 85 in Tampa, ESPN reports.

The former Ohio State halfback played for the Buckeyes from 1952-1955 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He is also enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics and Columbus (Ohio) Baseball halls of fame.

He went on to play nine professional seasons, including seven with the Detroit Lions and won an NFL championship in 1957.

He also played baseball for the Buckeyes and followed his NFL career with more than 30 years of service in the Yankees organization.

Cassady and his wife retired near Tampa.

"I just lived from day to day," he once told "Back then, there were no scholarships, so I worked, played ball and went to school."