Former Ohio State Safety Mike Sensibaugh Passes Away At Age 72

Sensibaugh still holds school records for interceptions in a season and career.
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Former Ohio State safety Mike Sensibaugh passed away on March 31, two days after going into cardiac arrest, his wife announced on Facebook. He was 72 years old.

A Cincinnati native, Sensibaugh played for the Buckeyes from 1968-70. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection, All-American, member of the Buckeyes’ 1968 national championship team and still holds school records for interceptions in a single season (9) and career (22), though former defensive back Craig Cassady tied his single-season mark in 1975. 

Sensibaugh played basketball at Ohio State as a freshman before concentrating on football. He was also the team’s punter, setting a record with 319 punting yards in the 1969 Rose Bowl.

An eighth-round draft choice, Sensibaugh played eight seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs (1971-75) and St. Louis Cardinals (1976-78). He recorded 27 interceptions in 92 career games, including two that he returned for a touchdown.

Sensibaugh was inducted into Ohio State’s Varsity “O” Hall of Fame in 1997.

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