GENOA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Delaware County Board of Commissioners will soon hold a hearing on a proposal to name a road for Dimitrious Stanley.
Dimitrious Stanley, the top receiver on the 1996 Rose Bowl championship team of The Ohio State University, died in February at the age of 48 after battling prostate cancer for nearly four years. He left behind his wife and a young daughter.
Stanley’s widow, Jessica Stanley, submitted a petition to the Delaware County Board of Trustees, requesting that the county rename Alpine Drive to “Dimitrious Stanley Way.”
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Alpine Drive is a short road that serves as the entry to the Oaks at Highland Lakes subdivision along Worthington Road, in Genoa Township just north of Westerville.
Today our Buckeye family mourns the loss of Dimitrious Stanley. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/PuCASfXXal— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) February 9, 2023
Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposal April 20, 2023 at 9:45 a.m.
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Dimitrious Stanley was a four-year letterman for the Buckeyes (1993-96) and played in 45 games, starting 13. He was part of the Big Ten championship teams of 1993 and 1996, coached by John Cooper. In 1996, he started in all 12 games, when Ohio State had an impressive 11-1 record and finished as the second-best team in the nation after winning the Rose Bowl against Arizona State.
Stanley, who hailed from Worthington, remained in central Ohio after professional football stints with Winnipeg and New Jersey in the Canadian Football League and Arena League, respectively. For several years, he was a regular co-host on The Football Fever, a college football show on ABC6. In 2015, he also ran for Columbus City Council.