Ohio State football Hall of Famer No. 7: Dick LeBeau
Most people, including myself, only remember Dick LeBeau as being a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He was a heck of a player for the Ohio State football team and in the NFL as well. While at Ohio State, he was a part of the 1957 national championship team under Woody Hayes.
LeBeau was a running back and a defensive back in college but switched to DB in the NFL. After being drafted by the Browns, he was cut in training camp. The Lions picked him up and he played his entire 14-year NFL career with them. That was a bad move by Cleveland.
While in the NFL, LeBeau made three Pro Bowls and was named a Second-Team All-Pro three times as well. He is in the Lions’ Ring of Honor and was named to their All-Time Team and to their 75th Anniversary team as well. He was just a good defensive back.
After his playing days were done, he was most well-known for being the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also was the DC in Cincinnati, Tennessee, and had coaching stints with the Bills, Eagles, and Packers. He finally retired from coaching in 2017.
LeBeau remains one of the best defensive backs in Lions history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. Simply put, he was a really good coach but a great player. The next player on this list didn’t make the Hall of Fame as a player or as a coach.