Remembering Buckeye legend Chic Harley

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — This season marks 100 years since Ohio State’s first Big Ten championship.

The star of that team remains a Buckeye legend. Chic Harley did it all, offense defense and special teams.

Charles “Chic” Harley went to east high in columbus.

“I used to always hear that when chic harley played at east high, east high school would get bigger crowds than ohio state would get at ohio field,” said Archie Griffin.

The east high graduate made an immediate impact as a buckeye in 1916.

“Chic Harley did everything, he was a great runner, he was a great passer, he was a receiver, he ran back kick offs, he ran back punts, he did the punting, did the place kicking,” said Buckeye historian Jack Park. “He was a tremendous defender.”

Back then the Buckeyes played at Ohio Field. Just west near the corner of North High and 18th Avenue. A larger than life likeness to harley is still visible today.

Harley and the Buckeyes went undefeated in 1916 and 1917.

He put football on hold for a year and joined the army in support of World Ear I. He came back to campus in 1919.

“That 1919 team that Chic Harley played on was the first team to beat Michigan so he really got it started,” said Griffin.

Chic harley had four interceptions in that game.

Harley was named an All-American after each of his three seasons as a buckeye. In the shadow of the Shoe, a stroll through Buckeye Grove, Chic Harley has the first marker.

“The saying goes the Ohio Stadium is the house that Harley built,” said Griffin.

Harley passed away in the spring of 1974. Members of that 1974 team served as palbearers. One was Archie Griffin.

“He meant a lot to Ohio State and Woody wanted to make sure that our captains were represented at that funeral and some members of our team were represented at his funeral.”

Charles “Chic” Harley is laid to rest just north of campus. He faces south towards Ohio Stadium. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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