Ken Fritz
Date of birth: (1957-11-21) November 21, 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth: Ironton, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): G
College: Ohio State University
High school: Ironton (OH)
Career highlights and awards

Ken Fritz (born November 21, 1957) is a former American football Guard who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, and was recognized as a consensus All-American in 1979.

Early lifeEdit

Fritz was born on November 21, 1957 in Ironton, Ohio.[1] He graduated from Ironton High School.[2] At Ironton, he played on the football team where he lettered 3 times.[2] In 1975, he earned several honors including being named Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) Co-Player of the Year and Associated Press Ohio Class AA Lineman of the Year.[2]

College careerEdit

Fritz played and lettered for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team under coaches Woody Hayes during the 1976, 1977 and 1978 seasons and Earle Bruce in the 1979 season.[2][3] He made All-Big 10 team in both the 1978 and 1979 seasons.[2] At the end of the 1978 season Fritz restrained his coach Woody Hayes after he punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman of Clemson University in the Gator Bowl.[4] The television replay and several still photos also show Hayes punching Fritz as he restrained him, but Fritz at the time denied that he was punched.[4] Fritz said “…He was just trying to wrestle his way free. He didn’t want anyone to restrain him.”[4] In 1979, his senior season, he helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship with a perfect 11-0 regular season record, and a berth in the Rose Bowl.[2][5] Following his senior year, as a 6-foot, 3-inch, 238-pound guard, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from several publications and organizations including the Associated Press (AP), and United Press International (UPI).[6] Fritz was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round (277 overall selection) of the 1980 NFL Draft.[7]


  1. "Ken Fritz". Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Walker, Jim (January 10, 2013). "Ironton inaugural Hall of Fame dinner set". Ironton Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  3. "Ohio State Letterwinners". Ohio State. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Salituro, Chuck (October 19, 1979). "Woody’s Punch is Still With the Buckeyes". Milwaukee Journal (Milwaukee, WI: Newspaper Inc.) 97 (334): pp. 11 Part 2.,5993164. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  5. "1979 Football Season". Ohio State. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  6. 2014 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 4 & 14 (2014). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  7. "1980 Pittsburgh Steelers: Drafted players". pro-football-reference. Retrieved August 29, 2014.


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