Monday, September 28, 2009

Art Schlichter

We have many fine people in southwest Ohio and many of those are farmers or grew up farming.

One of those families is the Schlichter family(pronounced shleester) near Washington Court House Ohio, only a half hour northeast of here.

I saw Arthur, Art Schlichter play football for Miami Trace High School in the 70's. They were really good. They pounded and burned neighboring teams.

I thought, this kid is good and so he was! It didn't take Woody Hayes long to have him signed up for Ohio State. He led his high school team to 29-0-1 in three and a half years. No one around here could beat them.

"Schlichter continues to be Ohio State’s career leader in passing yardage despite the fact he played his final game in scarlet and gray more than a quarter-century ago and passing attacks have evolved greatly since his career ended. By way of comparison, Schlichter’s career total of 7,547 yards is more than Rex Kern, Kirk Herbstreit and Cornelius Greene – combined.

Additionally, he remains the only quarterback in school history ever to have a 400-yard passing day, shares the single-game mark for completions at 31 and is just one off the all-time career record with 497 completions."

There is one little problem though he shares with the great Pete Rose. They became addicted to gambling. Art and Pete will never get all the accolades they earned because of this addiction.

Art has served his time now and is signing his new book, "Busted."

It should be a good one!

Ed Winkle

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