The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was inducted over the weekend. The group was officially welcomed at a dinner Friday in the Ohio Union and introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Buckeye football game Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
A Big Ten and National Champion, Mike Nugent rewrote the Ohio State football record books. When his career concluded, Nugent either owned or shared 22 kicking and/or scoring records, including 16 that he still holds. He is currently the Buckeyes’ all-time leading scorer with 356 points and tops with 72 career made field goals. Nugent twice was a consensus All-American, including in 2002 when he made a single-season record 28 field goals for a Buckeye team that finished 14-0 and won the school’s seventh national championship.
Nugent was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.
“It was always a privilege to get to play here. That’s something Coach Tressel use to say. It makes me realize how lucky I am to be here.”