When you are a college football coach, you are responsible with teaching a bunch of young men the game. But there is also another responsibility, and that is to help everyone develop off the field as well.
For Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff, that led to a letter-writing assignment that really allowed everyone to shine.
Every member of the Buckeyes football team was asked to write a hand-written letter to the family of a fallen Ohio veteran. The result was an incredible bond and plenty of heart-warming letters that made a real impact to those who were grieving.
“I teared up. I read guys, 21-year-old men that are college football players at Ohio State, and they’re opening their hearts to these people in some of the most phenomenal letters I have ever seen,” Meyer said in an ESPN College GameDay feature.
The players took the assignment very seriously and they were pouring their hearts out in the letter.
It was a truly remarkable assignment that seems to have put everything into perspective for the young men. Not only do they understand the losses that so many have suffered, they appreciate the sacrifice that allows them to play a game they love.