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Steinberg, Don

Donald Steinberg

An end at Ohio State University in the 1940s, Steinberg was a member of the 1942 National Championship team. He later wrote a book about that team called, Expanding Your Horizons: Collegiate Football's Greatest Team. In 1946, Steinberg was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as the student demonstrating the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

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Career Highlights:
Steinberg's arrival at Ohio State could not have been more propitious. After a couple of successful seasons, the Buckeyes pulled together and won the National Championship in 1942. Although they lost to Wisconsin, 17-7, Ohio won their other nine games and finished ranked No. 1 in the polls. They dominated their opponents as the offense averaged 33.7 points per game while the defense allowed only 114 points and held its opponents to seven or fewer points four times.

The following year, the Buckeyes had a record of 3-6-0 and a seventh place finish in the Big Ten. Against Illinois, with the game apparently a 26-26 tie, both teams left the field. They were called back 20 minutes later when it was discovered the Illini were called for a penalty on the Buckeyes’ final play. With little of the crowd remaining, Ohio State kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 29-26 win.

In 1944, the Buckeyes rebounded to win the Big Ten with a record of 9-0-0, but finished No. 2 in the AP poll behind Army. OSU fans claimed an unofficial "civilian national championship." Ohio State received an invitation to the Rose Bowl, but faculty representatives from the Big Ten disallowed the trip. In 1945, Steinberg's final season with the Buckeyes, the team finished the year 7-2-0 and were ranked No. 12 in the country, were third place in the Big Ten with a 5-2-0 conference record.


Career Dates:
Steinberg played as an end at Ohio State University from 1942-1945.

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