|Death: ||Aug. 31, 2013|
In spring 1951, George Jacoby's college football coach called him into his office. The coach had noticed that the straight-A student got a B in one class.
The rugged 5-foot-11, 225-pounder told his coach he was traveling to Toledo every weekend to see his fiancee, who did his laundry. The trips cut into his study time.
"Darn it, marry her, bring her down here, and you can do the wash in my basement," the coach said.
Sixty-two years of marriage for George and Nina Jacoby began that August. And yes, they did their laundry in the coach's basement.
The coach was Ohio State University's legendary Woody Hayes.
George Jacoby played on both the offensive and defensive lines for three years, and twice was named All-Big Ten. In 1953, his senior year, he was team co-captain and most valuable player.
Family, faith and football were constants throughout Mr. Jacoby's 81 years of life. The longtime Springfield Township resident died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 31.
After earning a business degree from Ohio State, Mr. Jacoby was drafted by the New York Giants. He wanted children, but Nina, who had stayed home in Toledo, insisted they not start a family until the couple could parent together.
Before ever playing a game for the Giants, he left the team and came home. The couple moved to the Cincinnati area, where Mr. Jacoby worked as an accountant.
The couple's two children, both boys, were born four years apart. That was by design. If the boys were to play college football at different schools, their parents wanted to be able to watch them.
"And they did," said Jeff Jacoby, born in 1955, who played football at Tennessee Tech; Doug Jacoby, born in 1959, played at Ball State.
Mr. Jacoby coached youth baseball, basketball and football in the Finneytown area. He also did volunteer work for Faith Lutheran.
Mr. Jacoby was watching his beloved Buckeyes on TV when he died. "Oh good," Jeff said when the call came from his mother, "he's got time to get up to heaven and watch the second half with Woody."
Services have been held.
Survivors include his wife, Nina; sons Jeff of Knoxville, Tenn., and Doug of Atlanta; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials: American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, 45206; Faith Lutheran Church, 8265 Winton Road, Cincinnati, 45231; Crossroads Hospice, 4380 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, 45242.
Maintained by: The Cincinnati Kid
Originally Created by: The Hinckley Graver
Record added: Oct 08, 2013
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