The Ohio State Buckeyes know exactly what it means to be a champion, so it was only fitting that a former heavyweight champion of the world would visit the team and that is what happened on Thursday afternoon.
Ohio State shared a video on Instagram of former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Buster Douglas, who is a Columbus native and Buckeye fan, visiting the team and speaking with them. It showed him shaking hands with some of the team, including quarterback Cardale Jones, which was a pretty epic moment between two underdogs.
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We were honored to welcome Buster Douglas, Columbus native and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, to spend some time with our guys. Buster knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990 to earn the title belt in what has been deemed "the greatest upset in boxing history." #BuckeyeforLife #OhioGreats #GoBucks
The Buckeyes’ story is a very similar one to Douglas’. The team entered into the College Football Playoff as the four seed and had everything against them. They had a third-string quarterback and they had everyone believing that they didn’t belong in that spot. Just like Douglas, who was going up against seemingly unstoppable boxing legend Mike Tyson, the Buckeyes came out on top against powerhouses Alabama and Oregon to win the national championship.
Let’s just hope the Buckeyes prove that they truly belonged in the championship scene, unlike Douglas who lost his first defense of the title belt. Either way, the team will be pumped to know that Douglas has their back.
The team opens their season on the road when they take on Virginia Tech on September 7.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Eleven Warriors