According to a report from, former Ohio State offensive lineman John Hicks died at the age of 65.

His family said he passed away due to his complications with diabetes.

Hicks had a decorated collegiate career with the Buckeyes from 1970-73, earning two All-American honors and winning the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy in 1973. Hicks was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1974 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

He was named the NFC Rookie of the Year after his first season, but unfortunately due to an injury, his NFL career lasted only five seasons.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and rightfully so, as Hicks was the first player to ever start in three consecutive Rose Bowls.

Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer gave his condolences via Twitter this morning: