A true "Triple Threat", Vic Janowicz could run, pass and kick and did all three exceptionally well. He won in the East, Midwest and Far West, with the popular Kyle Rote winning the Southwest and Kentucky's colorful Parelli winning in the South. Janowicz was the first of two Heisman winners to play both professional football and major league baseball, the other being 1985 winner Bo Jackson. Janowicz played in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins and in baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was among the last players to perform without a facemask.
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Invaluable as a defensive player, Vic Janowicz was the key factor in the Buckeyes' success in 1950. He was the third junior to win the Heisman Trophy. The late Woody Hayes, the venerable Ohio State coach, had this to say about Vic. "He was not only a great runner, but also passed, was a place kicker and punter, played safety on defense and was an outstanding blocker. Janowicz epitomized the triple-threat football player." After a stint in the service, Janowicz signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a catcher for 1953 and '54. He returned to football in '54 with the Redskins and played defensive back. In 1955, he led the NFL in scoring until the final day of the season when Doak Walker beat him out. A near fatal automobile accident ended his football career in 1956. Vic was an Administrative Assistant to the Auditor of the state of Ohio, Jim Petro. In 1991, the Columbus Downtown Quarterback Club honored him as "the greatest O.S.U. athlete in the past 50 years." He is also a member of the OSU, Elyria and Polish-American Hall of Fame. Vic passed away in February of 1996.