Former Ohio State football player Dimitrious Stanley dies
Former Ohio State football player Dimitrious Stanley has died at 48 after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.
His death was announced Thursday by Michael Picetti, head football coach of Thomas Worthington High School.
He played as a wide receiver for Ohio State from 1993 to 1996.
During his time at OSU, Stanley played in 45 games and started 13 times. Stanley started in all 12 games in 1996 when the Buckeyes were 11-1 and finished No. 2 in the country after the Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl over Arizona State. Stanley was an honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference selection and was twice recognized as a Big Ten player of the week.
Stanley had 63 receptions for 1,136 yards, an 18.0 yards-per-catch average (seventh-best at Ohio State) and scored 13 touchdowns while playing for OSU.
Stanley’s father, Wayne, coached running backs at OSU from 1979 through 1983.
He graduated from OSU in 2001 with a degree in communications.
Stanley played professional football in Canada and the Arena Football League before moving into local television.
He also made a failed bid at Columbus City Council in 2015.
After his diagnosis, Stanley founded a non-profit called Brave Men to help others diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Stanley led the Buckeyes in receiving in 1996 with 43 receptions for 829 yards and eight touchdowns. He was an honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference selection and was twice named Big Ten player of the week.