Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Les Horvath

Les Horvath


  • Position: Halfback/Quarterback
  • School: Ohio State
  • High School: Cleveland, OH (Rhodes HS)Parma, OH (Parma HS)
  • Years: 1940-1942, 1944
  • Inducted: 1969
  • Place of Birth: South Bend, IN
  • Date of Birth: Oct 12, 1921
  • Place of Death: Glendale, CA
  • Date of Death: Nov 14, 1995
  • Jersey Number: 22
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 157

Member Biography

Les Horvath, the son of immigrant parents from Hungary, grew up in Cleveland. He lettered in football at Ohio State in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944. Horvath was right halfback on the 1942 national championship team. In 1943 he was in dental school and not eligible for football. In 1944 the rules were changed, and Horvath joined the Ohio State team as a tailback in the single wing and quarterback in the T formation. Ohio State went 9-0, won the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally. Horvath rushed for 905 yards and passed for 345. He ranked second in the nation in rushing, third in total offense, was unanimous All-America, Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten, and won the Heisman Trophy. He graduated from dental school in 1945, joined the Navy as an ensign, and was discharged in July, 1947. Horvath played three years of pro football, 1947-49 (Rams and Browns), then practiced dentistry in Los Angeles. He died November 14, 1995 at age 74.
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