Howard ďHop along" Cassady was one of Ohio State's best ever, scoring 37 touchdowns in 36 games for 222 points. He gained 2,466 yards rushing for an average of 5.6 per carry. A player's player, his 964 yards with a total of 15 TDs was his greatest ever.
Overlooked were his sparkling defensive plays; he never had a pass completed over him in four years of Big Ten competition. He held the Buckeyes' yardage-gained record for many years.
He was voted All-American during the '54 and '55 seasons. Cassady played both football and baseball for Ohio State for four years. In 1955, the Associated Press also named Cassady ďAthlete of the YearĒ.
Cassady finished runner-up to Wisconsin's Alan Ameche in voting for the 1954 Heisman Trophy, so Cassady figured he had a chance to win the award the next year. The day before the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner was announced, Cassady learned he'd won from future New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Cassady had met Steinbrenner at Lockbourne Air Force Base near Columbus, Ohio, where "The Boss" served two years of military service and coordinated the base's athletics programs.
Eventually, Cassady, who was a star shortstop at Ohio State, worked as a minor league coach and talent scout for the Yankees for three decades. While Cassady was on the road scouting potential draft picks for the Yankees, someone burglarized his home and stole his Heisman Trophy. The burglar kept Cassady's sterling-silver awards, but tossed his prized Heisman Trophy into the garbage. A sanitation worker discovered the trophy's right arm sticking out of a garbage can and called Ohio State officials. Some of the trophy's fingers were broken, but the Heisman was repaired and returned to Cassady. "The price of silver was way up and they just didn't realize the value of the Heisman," Cassady told the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times in 2005.