Howard "Hopalong" Cassady -

former Ohio State All-American and 1955 Heisman Trophy winner. Jim's father was a professor at Ohio State and used to take him to the physical education building on on campus on weekends where Cassady and some of the other athletes would be there to lead the faculty kids in sports activities. "Hop" taught Jim how to jump rope in 1955 when Jim was 10 years old.

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