With the Buckeyes in town, Columbus has become known for fostering world class athletes who come from all parts of the nation, but did you know that there are a number of famous athletes that are from the Columbus, Ohio area? Let’s take a look at a few across different sports.
Archie Griffin: Running Back
The only college football player to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice, Archie Griffin was a star during his time as a Buckeye, where he amassed 19 awards and has since had his number (45) retired, and broke both the all-time rushing and consecutive 100-yard rushing game records held at the time. The Columbus native played in the NFL for seven years for the Cincinnati Bengals, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Jack Nicklaus: Professional Golfer
Considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time, Nicklaus was born and raised in Columbus, and was also a Buckeye. He has garnered 73 PGA tour victories throughout his 39 year professional career is the third best among golfers all-time and has earned him a host of awards and a well deserved spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Simone Biles: Gymnast
Born in Columbus in 1997, Simone Biles has quickly become the face of American Gymnastics. With enough medals to match her age, the nineteen year-old has dominated at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games, and will look to add to that number in the years to come.
Jesse Owens: Track and Field
Although not born here, Jesse Owens moved to Columbus at the age of nine years old, where he grew up and attended Ohio State. He broke the world records for 220-yard sprint, 220-yard low hurdles, and long jump during his time as a Buckeye. He also won gold medals in the long jump, 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4×100 meter relay in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Paul O’Neill: Right Fielder
O’Neill played baseball at Brookhaven High School in his hometown of Columbus, and later moved to Westerville to attend Otterbein College. He ultimately played in the major leagues for seventeen years for both the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees, winning World Series titles with both clubs. A five-time MLB All-Star and the 1994 American League batting champion, O’Neill had a stellar career and certainly did his home state proud.
Finding Excellence in the Columbus Area and at Germain Infiniti of Easton
It makes us proud and humbled to see such renowned athletes and role models coming from our part of the world, and we hope that the accomplishments of these citizens reaches the generations to come. Just like the members of this list, we strive for excellence each day by providing extraordinary care and high quality vehicles for our customers. We value your business and your accomplishments, and hope to see you at G ermain Infiniti of Easton soon.