~John D. Sulsberger #70
John D. Sulsberger lost his battle with cancer at age 18, just months after graduating from Zanesville High School in 1963. John had been awarded a football scholarship to Ohio State by legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. John’s death on December 20, 1963, left the community shocked and devastated.
Blue Devils fans know the legend — John Sulsberger once pointed out to his football teammates where a nice stadium could be built on the ZHS campus — and that’s exactly where one was built following his tragic death in 1963. On Aug. 28, 2009, prior to the Blue Devils’ game with Newark, a special donor recognition area was dedicated and it includes a life-sized statue of John Sulsberger, created by local sculptor Alan Cottrill.
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