Hottinger Encourages Ohio's Football Hall of Fame to Honor the Legacy of Dick Schafrath
COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) announced he will soon introduce a Senate Resolution urging the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee to induct Dick Schafrath as a member of the Class of 2022.
Dick Schafrath, a legendary offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeye, and former Ohio State Senator, passed away on August 15, 2021.
“I was saddened to learn of the death of my friend and colleague, Dick Schafrath,” Hottinger said. “He cared deeply for Ohio’s children and families, and he will forever be remembered as a tireless advocate for Wayne County and the State of Ohio. His football career deserves this recognition in the Hall fo Fame, and I am humbled by the opportunity to honor him in this way."
Under Coach Woody Hayes, Schafrath was a member of the 1957 National Champion Buckeyes and a 1958 team captain. Coach Paul Brown recognized the potential he could bring to Cleveland and drafted him second-overall in 1959. He went on to become a four-time First Team All-Pro, NFL Champion, and was elected to the Cleveland Browns Legends Club.
In 1986, Schafrath ran for election to the Ohio Senate, where he served four terms.