A Tiffin University administrator says he has an affinity for linemen because they do a lot of the bulk work on a football team.
Michael Grandillo, TU's vice president for development and public affairs, said he hasn't met John Hicks, former NFL offensive lineman, but spoke with him on the telephone.
"He's very charismatic, and he's very active in college football today and working with the NCAA and working with the young players and helping (them) be successful," he said.
Hicks is to deliver "How Football Was Important to My Career" during the Good Morning World breakfast lecture at Camden Falls March 24.
When Hicks played for Ohio State University, the team won the Big Ten championship and went to the Rose Bowl, according to a release from TU. Hicks, who played for the New York Giants, was NFL's rookie of the year in 1974 and NFL's man of the year in 1975, it states.
Grandillo said Hicks will talk about college football and also about his successful real estate career.
If you go
The breakfast lecture is to be March 24 at Camden Falls, 2460 S. SR 231, Tiffin. Breakfast is served buffet-style at 7:30 a.m., and the speaker is to present at 8 a.m. with conclusion by 8:50 a.m.
Cost is $9. To make a reservation, call (419) 448-3282.
Officials hope he will share some of his great football stories of his years at OSU, where he was the first player to start in three Rose Bowls, he said.
"He's inducted in the college hall of fame," he said.
Grandillo said Hicks rebounded from a tough injury and had two "spectacular" seasons in college. It is his first time to speak at TU.
"We're excited. ... He'll be a very enjoyable speaker," he said.