Dick Schafrath has done more in his 69 years than most extended families do in a century. He helped the Ohio State Buckeyes snag a national title in 1957. Seven years later, he was part of the Browns last championship team. He was the first person to ever canoe across Lake Erie. And he was a two-term Ohio senator. These are just a few of the tales Schafrath tells in his new autobiography, Heart of a Mule. I still have a bunch of stories left, he says. My publisher suggested I cut a few out.
Schafrath grew up on a farm in Canton. As an offensive lineman for the Browns, he went to the Pro Bowl twice. He retired after the 1971 season, then took up politics a decade later. I had no idea what a politician did, he says. I just love challenges. Schafrath (whose nickname is "The Mule") says the underlying message of the book is that everything is possible. If I can do it, anyone can, he says. Im just an average, ordinary person, and I proved anything can be done.
Sat., Dec. 16, 1 p.m.