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Steinberg, star of Ohio State's first national championship team, dies at 90

CBSSports.com wire reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Don Steinberg, who helped Ohio State win its first national championship in 1942, has died. He was 90.

In a release, the university said Steinberg was in hospice and died of congestive heart failure in Perry Township on Monday.

The 1942 Buckeyes were 9-1 and were voted No. 1 at season's end by The Associated Press. The team, coached by Paul Brown, featured a star-studded backfield of future Heisman Trophy winner Les Horvath, Paul Sarringhaus and Gene Fekete, whose 89-yard touchdown run that year against Pitt still ranks as the longest in school history.

Steinberg, who lettered from 1941-43 and again in 1945, was an end in the Buckeyes' single-wing attack.

Following his graduation in 1946, Steinberg went on to become a surgeon.

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