Jim Stillwagon was a legendary football player who made a name for himself as a dominant middle guard at the Ohio State University and the Canadian Football League (CFL). Born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on February 11, 1949, Stillwagon honed his skills on the football field at Ohio State, where he was a consensus All-American in 1970 and earned the very first selection of the Rotary Lombardi Award in 1970.
Stillwagon's outstanding performance in college led to his selection in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. However, instead of joining the NFL, he decided to start his professional football career in the CFL. From 1971 to 1975, Stillwagon played for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL. He achieved great success during his CFL career, earning the distinction of being named a CFL All-Star three times. In 1972, he was also a runner-up for the league's outstanding defensive player award. After his time in the CFL, Stillwagon retired from professional football in 1975.
After his playing days, Stillwagon continued to impact the football community and opened a sports memorabilia business in Columbus, Ohio. Stillwagon has been inducted into several halls of fame for his sports contributions, including the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. Jim remains a beloved figure in Buckeye football history and is remembered as one of the best defensive tackles to play the game. His contributions to Ohio State's national championship teams will be remembered and celebrated forever.
Stillwagon passed away Feb 3, 2018. He was 68 years old.
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