Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes
One of Newcomerstown's
Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust
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It may have been the look on his face when his teams won, or
the spite on his face when they lost, never the less,
Woodrow "Woody" Hayes earned the respect from all of those
who knew him.
Clifton, Ohio, and a U. S.
Navy veteran of WWII, his roots are here in
The picture at left is a young Wayne Hayes at the
approximate age of 10.
1951 to 1978, Woody served as football coach of the
As history would have it, Buckeye
fans and his Buckeye players alike, admired Woody for his
tenacity for the game and his strong desire to win. And win
he did. His record is legendary . . . 205 wins, 68 losses,
and 10 ties.
was the most argumentative coach in college football. The
game was in his blood. "You can never pay back, but you can
always pay forward." And that he did.
Every Ohio State Faculty member
and student rides the wave of success that this man put
forth, especially in terms of economics for the University.
If you think Woody was all about
football, you thought wrong. A documentary of Woody,
produced by WOSU
this snippet of information on what kind of man he really
was . .
Diane DeMuesy was a
young nurse at
the University Hospital in
Columbus, Ohio, in the early
1970s. In one of the hospital rooms to which she was
assigned was a young man dying of cancer. In the other bed
in the young man's room was an Ohio State football player
recovering from an injury.
young man with cancer was thrilled to be sharing a room with
an OSU football player. Imagine the young man's additional
excitement when Woody Hayes showed up in the hospital room
to visit the recuperating football player—and took the time
to chat with the young man with cancer, also.
But that's not the end of the story. The football player
was released from the hospital. The young man with cancer
remained. And Woody Hayes continued to visit him. "Woody
was so busy," recalls Diane DeMuesy. "He could have made so
many excuses not to come back. After all, the young man
wasn't part of Woody's life. But I would walk by the room,
and there would be Woody, talking quietly to the young man.
Why did Woody do it? Because that's the kind of person he
The young man with cancer did not live long.
Woody Hayes visited him up to the very end. When the young
man died, a football autographed by the OSU team and a team
poster were at his bedside-both gifts from Woody. "That
young man's last days were comfortable and happy," Diane