Ohio State football: All-time great Mike Sensibaugh passes away

The former Ohio State football player sadly passed away at the age of 72.

Ohio State announced all-time great Buckeye Mike Sensibaugh has passed away. According to the school’s statement, he had been living in Wildwood, Missouri, and operating Sensibaugh Pools.

The Cincinnati native was a three-year starter at safety, and part of the legendary Super Sophs who helped the Buckeyes to the 1968 national championship. Sensibaugh’s class went 27-2 over three seasons and claimed at least a share of three straight Big Ten titles.

He was an All-American in 1970 and twice chosen All-Big Ten. Despite playing only 29 games in his career, he is still the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 22. He also shares the single-season record for interceptions with nine, along with Craig Cassidy. Sensibaugh was the team’s punter for two seasons and holds the Rose Bowl record for most punting yards in a game with 319 against USC.

After his career with the  Ohio State football program came to an end, Sensibaugh was drafted in the eighth round of the NFL Draft by Kansas City. After five years with the Chiefs, he spent three more seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring after the 1978 season. He started 83 games in his NFL career and finished with 27 interceptions.

While covering the spring game in Columbus in the late ’90s, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sensibaugh. As a life lifelong Buckeye fan, it was a memorable experience to meet one of the Super Sophs. He isn’t just one of the greatest safeties to wear scarlet and grey, he’s one of the great defensive players in program history. Sensibaugh was 72.