Former Ohio State, Cleveland Browns Quarterback Dies At 69

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - John Borton, a record-holding Ohio State quarterback and former Cleveland Brown, has died at his home here. He was 69.

The cause of his death on Monday morning had not been determined by Wednesday.

Borton started as a linebacker for the Buckeyes as a true freshman in 1951 and was starting quarterback his sophomore and junior years. He was co-captain of the Rose Bowl-winning 1954 team under Woody Hayes but saw limited action that year because of a broken finger.

He played for the Browns in the 1957-1958 season.

Borton worked 27 years for Republic Steel before retiring in 1985 as vice president of the Bar Division.

With the Buckeyes, he completed 167 of 293 career passes for 2,129 yards and 19 touchdowns.

In his best year, 1952, he went 115-of-196 for 1,555 years and 15 TDs -- including a school-record five touchdown passes in a single game against Washington State. Bobby Hoying tied that record in 1994 and 1995.

Borton, who was born in Alliance, Ohio, is survived by his wife, Barbara "Bobby" Borton, two daughters, two sons, three grandchildren and a sister. His funeral is Thursday at Central Presbyterian Church in Massillon.

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