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Cecil Souders, former Ohio State nationwide champion, lifeless at 100

Cecil “Cy” Souders, a former Ohio State soccer nationwide champion who was a three-time All-American and served within the U.S. Navy throughout World Battle II, died Monday. He was 100.

Souders was an offensive and defensive lineman throughout his soccer profession, based on the Columbus Dispatch. He performed for Ohio State and within the NFL for the Detroit Lions. 

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He was initially recruited by LSU to play soccer for the Tigers, however an attention-grabbing anecdote in his Crawford County, Ohio, Sports activities Corridor of Fame profile revealed why he stayed in Ohio.

“Ernie Godfrey, a long-time coach at Ohio State, got here to Bucyrus to recruit soccer gamers and Cy instructed him he deliberate on going to LSU,” the profile learn. “Ernie was very disillusioned. Ernie went to the highschool principal, and discovered Souders had a gentle girlfriend, Jean Hoover, who was a cheerleader. Godfrey went to one in all Jean’s courses and satisfied Jean that the southern belles won’t let Cy come again north, so between Ernie and Jean, Cy agreed to go to Columbus and try OSU.”

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Souders would ultimately start his time with Ohio State within the fall of 1939 and he and Jean would keep married for about 80 years. He took a two-year hiatus from faculty to affix the Navy, based on The Detroit Information.

Souders was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1945 however by no means performed for them. He ultimately performed for the Lions till 1949 earlier than he left for a unique job – salesman. His spouse instructed The Detroit Information in 2019 he left the group due to low pay.

“He performed three years for the Detroit Lions, after which determined he higher get a better-paying job as a result of we had a little bit lady… And also you wanted cash; they didn’t pay nothing again then,” she instructed the paper.

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He was a salesman for the Suburban Motor Freight Firm and was the supervisor of the Detroit Terminal earlier than changing into the chief vp of the corporate. He retired in 1984.

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