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Behind The 8 Ball: The Tale of Casey Gerald

VintonCountyBuck's picture
August 22, 2014 at 4:31pm
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This was inspired by Remy's countdown

Yesterday, Vico authored an article that mentioned Art Schlichter's replacement of Rod Gerald as the starting Quarterback for The Buckeyes.  While many remember the peaks of Gerald's playing career, it was his decent into the valleys and pitfalls of life, after football where this story begins.

Rod Gerald began a promising football career at Ohio State 11 years ago. But by midseason 1977, cocaine had shattered his life. And he is still trying to pick up the pieces.

Gerald, 30, told the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch in a recent interview that he decided to share his experience because he wants to help athletes at OSU and other universities avoid the same pitfalls.

"It started with the first snort, and ended with me losing everything," said the former quarterback, who played for the Buckeyes from 1975-78.

He said his drug problems began during his junior year, when a Columbus man first supplied him with cocaine.

"As soon as I could get it, I was doing it . . . three, four, five and six times an hour," Gerald said. "I didn't have to pay for it. All it took was a phone call."

Gerald, a business law major, now struggles as a hardware store clerk in his hometown of Dallas, where he is trying to stay off drugs for good.

The purpose of this post is not to elaborate more on Mr. Gerald, however, but rather on his son Casey.

Casey Gerald, after all the hardships he faced throughout his life spent dealing with his mother and father's downward spiral into drug abuse, was able to overcome all the adversity:

Yet there is no Rhodes story more touching, more poignant than Gerald's. He may be the biological son of the 1977 Orange Bowl MVP, but in a very real sense he is the offspring of America's greatness. He is from the tough end of Dallas. His grandmothers helped raise him after his father and mother dissolved into drug abuse. You may remember Rod Gerald as the star at Ohio State, but Casey can tell stories about seeing a crack pipe setting his dad's shirt on fire and that Orange Bowl MVP heading for jail. Rod was gone in the fifth grade. His mom, Debra, was gone by the eighth.

 

 

The '77 Orange Bowl MVP, Gerald, wore jersey number 8 during his playing career, as QB/WR at Ohio State.  Today is 8 days from the kickoff to the 2014 season...

Adversity, will help to galvanize this team.

 

 

 

bigbadbuck's picture

I know these are articles about the number ultimately but I'd like to know where Casey is at these days and what hes up to

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

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VintonCountyBuck's picture
Not sure why my Ipad is not letting me to embed Youtube videos, but here is Casey Gerald at his speech given to the Harvard Business School:  

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

wow

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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Remy's picture

Great job VCB. A shame Rod Gerald had to go down the road he did, but it is nice to see Casey Gerald did not let the absence and choices of his parents hold him down. 

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Thanks, Remy..

One of my best friends growing up was afforded the opportunity to play football at Dartmouth College the same time Casey Gerald was at Yale.  I remember visiting for a game and hearing about this kid at around the same time Myron Rolle was in the news at Florida State.  When I saw this, I had to share it.

The dude is a tremendous public speaker and a definite role-model for our youth of today!

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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