Jim Thorpe Award Winner – 1998, Ohio State
Antoine Winfield, a two-time All-American cornerback from Ohio State University, was the first Buckeye to win the Jim Thorpe Award. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, he closed his college career with 278 tackles, including 224 solo, 22 tackles for loss, 29 pass breakups and three interceptions. Winfield became the first cornerback in school history to lead the team in tackles in 1997. Following college, Winfield was taken in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings, and was a 2008 Pro-Bowl selection.