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Randy Gradishar


Randolph Charles Gradishar

Inducted 1998

Date of Birth



Warren, OH


Ohio State University (1971-1973)


Randy Gradishar was All-America linebacker in 1972 and 1973, a unanimous choice the second year. As a senior he was sixth in the Heisman voting. He was a three-year starter for Ohio State. The team had a 25-6-1 record in those years, won two Big 10 championships, and split two Rose Bowl games. Ohio State ranked 9th in the Associated Press poll in 1972, 2nd in 1973. Gradishar was Academic All-America in 1973 was an NCAA Post Graduate Scholar, and an NFF Scholar-Athlete. He was elected to the GTE Academic Hall of Fame in 1992. Ohio State's director of athletics, Ed Weaver, said, "No more outstanding young man has participated in our athletic program." Gradishar stood 6-3, weighed 236, and went on to a great pro career. He played ten years for the Denver Broncos, 1974-83, and made the Pro Bowl seven times. He settled in Denver and became president of the Denver Broncos Youth Foundation. The organization emphasizes education, leadership, and good character for youth of the area.


Height 6'3

Weight 236

Career Highlights

  • 1973 Academic All-America
  • 1973 All-Conference
  • 1973 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1973 NCAA Postgraduate Scholar
  • 1973 NFF Scholar-Athlete
  • 1973 Unanimous All-America
  • 1972 All-Conference
  • 1972 Consensus All-America
  • 1971 All-Conference
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