COLUMBUS, Ohio– Two-time Ohio State All-American tackle (1972-73) and 1973 Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner John Hicks will be inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Dec. 30, 2009, the Hall of Fame announced today.

Hicks pioneered an exclusive group of players as the first to start in three Rose Bowl Games: the 1970 game vs. Stanford; the 1972 game vs. USC and the 1973 game vs. USC. He and former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez and longtime Pac 10 Commissioner Tom Hanson will join the 95 current members of the Hall of Fame at a noon luncheon in California for the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Hicks came within an eyelash of pulling off an historic triple play in 1973 when, in addition to winning the Outland and Lombardi awards, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy. During his career, the Buckeyes were three-time Big Ten champions with a 28-3-1 record.

Hicks is a prior inductee into both the College Football Hall of Fame and The Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

After college, Hicks was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants and garnered the NFC Rookie of the Year accolade. He played five seasons in the National Football League before an injury ended his career.

The three inductees will also be honored at the 96th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi at 2:10 p.m. PST (5:10 p.m. EST) on Jan. 1, 2010, at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium.

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