Ed Hess
Hess from the 1926 "Makio"
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Date of birth: June 29, 1905
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career history
Ohio State (1924–1926)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1925)

Edwin Albion Hess, Sr. (c. 1905 – 1963) was an American football player. He played at the guard position for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1924 to 1926 and was a consensus first-team All-American in 1925. Hess is the great, great uncle of guitarist Tom Hess.

Hess was the son of William Buchanan Hess and Florence Camille Beale and was raised in Chardon, Ohio.[1] He enrolled at Ohio State University in 1923 and joined the football team as a sophomore in 1924. He reportedly "did not flash until the closing games of the 1924 season."[1]

As a junior in 1925, Hess reportedly played well throughout the season and "rose to the height of his colorful playing" in the Columbia and Illinois games.[1] The 1925 Ohio State Buckeyes football team finished the season with a disappointing 4-3-1 (1-3-1 Big Ten) record, including losses to Michigan and Illinois to end the years. Nevertheless, Hess was a consensus first-team selection on the 1925 College Football All-America Team.[2] He received first-team honors in 1925 from the United Press,[3] Collier's Weekly (as selected by Grantland Rice),[4] and Athlete and Sportsman magazine,[5] and second-team honors from the Associated Press,[6] the All-America Board,[7] and Walter Eckersall, football critic of the Chicago Tribune.[8] Hess also won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy in 1925.[9]

As a senior in 1926, Hess did not repeat as a consensus All-American. The 1926 Buckeyes improved to 7-1 with their only loss coming against Michigan. Hess received first-team honors from the Central Press Association,[10] and second-team honors from the Associated Press.[11]

Hess was inducted in 1985 into the school's Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1926 Makio (OSU yearbook), p. 170.
  2. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2014/Awards.pdf. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  3. Farrell, Henry L. (1925-11-28). "United Press Chooses All-American Team: Undertakes to Name Eleven Best Playes of Season". Tyrone Daily Herald (Pa.).
  4. "Syracuse Draws Blank as Rice Names Official All-American Eleven". Syracuse Herald. 1925-12-15.
  5. "Coaches To Pick All Star Eleven: Jim Thorpe Canvasses Athletic Heads". Cedar Rapids Republican. 1925-12-04.
  6. "Associated Press Announces All-American Teams". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. 1925-12-14.
  7. Tad Jones; Knute Rockne; Glenn Warner (1925-12-04). "Red Grange Placed on Second All-American Team: Coaches Keep Star Off First: Rockne, Jones and Warner Claim He Has Two Main Weak Points; Friedman Is Captain; Two Michigan Men Honored; Pacific Coast Stars in the Backfield". The Davenport Democrat.
  8. "Westerners Lead On All-American: Chicago Critic Picks Team With Strong Aerial Attack". The Galveston Daily News. 1925-12-20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame". OhioStateBuckeyes.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/697tPmqaa?url=http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/trads/men-varsityo-hof.html. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  10. Norman Brown (1926-12-13). "Six Mid-West Stars Are On Nation's All-American Football Selection: Mythical Team of Million Grid Fans Released; 500 Newspapers Conduct Poll to Get Genuine Football Eleven". The Davenport Democrat And Leader.
  11. "Associated Press Picks All-American Eleven". Morning News Review (South Carolina). 1926-12-05.
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