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A former Ohio State football player pulled a gun and shot another driver during a road-rage incident in suburban Columbus on Sunday, according to authorities.

James Stillwagon, 63, was arrested and charged with felonious assault for allegedly shooting Richard Mattingly, 41, in the head. Mattingly said a bullet, one of at least five fired, grazed him. He was treated and left an area hospital.

In an interview with NBC4 in Columbus, the victim said the altercation started on U.S. Route 42 in Delaware, Ohio, when his pickup truck began malfunctioning and he couldn't explain to the motorcyclist that he wasn't intentionally slowing down.

"He made all kinds of offensive hand gestures, and I was trying to say I'm sorry, my truck is not functioning. I'm not messing with you, I'm really not, but I don't think he got it," Mattingly told the TV station.

Stillwagon played for the Buckeyes when they won the 1968 national championship.

The case was one of several recent high-profile road-rage cases, including another over the weekend in Minnesota, in which a man was shot in a police-station parking lot following a road-rage incident.

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      kelm72r3tro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Say it isnt so! He was a great middle guard and OSU legend. Was he really riding a motorcycle? A little old for that I would say. Maybe he lost it when he was playing in Canada all those years. Prosecute that Buckeye to the max!
        sadiemae1214
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kelm72r3tro
        63 a little "old" for a motorcycle? HARDLY! You might want to check out "The Patriot Guard" or and "Goldwing" motorcycle club.
      coinguy804
      • 2 Years Ago
      roid rage road rage mmmmmmmmmmmmm
      mds308
      • 2 Years Ago
      He shoots.....He scores.
      sadiemae1214
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this even news? He doesn't play football anymore, hasn't in years. He's just a burned out has been.
      gposner29
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised Jim lived this long.
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The guy played college ball 40+ years ago and this is the sum total of his life? Sad.
      macbenson5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I knew Jim at Ohio State. I am surprised toi learn that he was involved in this.
        bradjud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @macbenson5
        no matter how much college they have you still cant knock the getto out of them
      ybob555
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this being made to bring the Univ of Ohio State into the story? This guy has not played for them in what, 42 years but we need to be told that. How about mentioning the high school he played for or the elementary school he attended. How about you start to mention every college, high school or grade school that someone attended in any criminal story written. Sh*t next you'll be telling us what hospital he was born in.
      ada8stev
      • 2 Years Ago
      SOUNDS like this IS A BLACK HATE CRIME TOWARDS THE WHITE AND YES DAM WORTHLESS RACIEST BLACKS NEED TO BE CHARGED ASWELL LIKE WHITES DO
      • 2 Years Ago
      He could have left it be with the finger, but has a mental problem & went "postal"
      ybob555
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this being made to bring the Univ of Ohio State into the story? This guy has not played for them in what, 42 years but we need to be told that. How about mentioning the high school he played for or the elementary school he attended. How about you start to mention every college, high school or grade school that someone attended in any criminal story written. Sh*t next you'll be telling us what hospital he was born in.
        JE WA ZA WI
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ybob555
        He said he remembers the little egg ,he was squirming to attach to that very same night he came out of nowhere ,after hearing a lot of moaning .
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ybob555
        Why? Because at one time Jim Stillwagon was a very prominent celebrity in central Ohio, and the entire state for that matter - almost like a television star. He played on the greatest Ohio State team ever. He anchored the best Buckeye defense ever. After Jack Tatum, he probably was the best defensive college football player on that team. Those of us who are old enough remember him very well - he had an extremely high profile in the state of Ohio and was one of Woody Hayes favorites. Ohio State had been down for a few years, and Stillwagon and his teammates brought the Buckeyes back to national prominence and they never left. Stillwagon's team more or less made the Buckeyes what they are today - the professional football team of Columbus. That's why it's a big deal, Bob. Obviously, Stillwagon retains his truculence and sense of entitlement, and never grew up. He deserves hard time.
        spikeelvis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ybob555
        You hit the nail on the head here. Perfect response to this very imperfect news story.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ybob555
        Why? Because at one time Jim Stillwagon was a very prominent celebrity in central Ohio, and the entire state for that matter - almost like a television star. He played on the greatest Ohio State team ever. He anchored the best Buckeye defense ever. After Jack Tatum, he probably was the best defensive college football player on that team. Those of us who are old enough remember him very well - he had an extremely high profile in the state of Ohio and was one of Woody Hayes favorites. Ohio State had been down for a few years, and Stillwagon and his teammates brought the Buckeyes back to national prominence and they never left. Stillwagon's team more or less made the Buckeyes what they are today - the professional football team of Columbus. That's why it's a big deal, Bob. Obviously, Stillwagon retains his truculence and sense of entitlement, and never grew up. He deserves hard time.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still on steroids 40 yrs later
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