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Ernie Godfrey


Ernest Rees Godfrey

Inducted 1972

Date of Birth



Dover, OH


Wittenberg University (1916-1916)

Wittenberg University (1919-1928)


Ernie Godfrey played end and center on the Ohio State football teams of 1912-13-14. He launched his coaching career in 1915 at Wooster (OH) High School. Godfrey coached Wittenberg College 1916 and 1919-28 (he was in the Army 1917-18). His record at Wittenberg was 63-24-8. His teams went undefeated in 1919 and 1920 and went 7-1 in 1923 and 1924. He also coached Wittenberg basketball with a 95-65 record. Godfrey moved to Ohio State and was on the football staff 33 years, 1929-61. He was line coach 19 years, defensive backfield coach four years, freshman coach ten years. As line coach he had 13 All-America players. He lectured at clinics on line play and placekicking. Godfrey served at Ohio State under seven head coaches - Sam Williaman, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Paul Bixler, Carroll Widdoes, Wes Fesler and Woody Hayes.


Wins 63

Losses 24

Ties 8

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