Jim Tressel Proud to Have Three of His Former Ohio State Players, Including Two Special Teams Standouts, in Super Bowl 53

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Darksungm's picture

Nothing wrong with starting the day with a Jim Tressel story!

God bless and go Bucks.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

#vestisbest #legacy love you coach!

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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OSUTexan's picture

2 walk ons that are special team players in the super bowl.  Tressel's favorite superbowl ever!

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InfantryBuckeye5150's picture

Much love and respect to Coach Tressel!

Making the sweater vest look so damn cool since 2001!

Well, Columbus wasn't looking for America, my man, but that turned out to be pretty okay for everyone.

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

Even though he was released late in the year Terrelle Pryor should be added to that list. 

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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moopdawg's picture

Great to see these Ohio boys all playing on the big stage.  It's testimony to Tressel and his staff's collective belief to emphasize developing the local kids into fine players and people, while still competing at the highest level.  I remember Tress saying in an old interview (ESPN 30 for 30?) something like, "Not only were we gonna win, but we were gonna win with our kids."  That's why I love the dude.  Tress cherry-picked from other states, but it all started at home.

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45has2's picture

".....and, most especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the field." The man that saved the program from mediocrity. 

Censores irrumasti.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

McQuaide: “Coach Tressel used to say, ‘Consistency is the hallmark of greatness.’

Awesome how your most influential coaches stick with you. Everyone put on an extra sweater Vest today.

As always, Thank You Coach Tressel!

“For me, this is who we are. We have a culture. We work at it very hard. And we’re efficient at it.” - Coach Day

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Tressel's impact on Ohio State football in quality on and off of the field cannot be lauded enough. Thank you, Coach.

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OSUFlash's picture

Love the Tress! Hate the Drake!

osuflash

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Luckobucko's picture

+1 for the double reference of seinfeld and my feelings about the osu president.

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Major H's picture

Ebner: “Being at Ohio State, you learn real quick what it’s like to be a professional. You don’t mess around. The meetings are no joke, practice is no joke, the weight room is no joke. Nothing we do is a joke. It’s done at a very high standard, and it’s done consistently. Day in and day out. And that’s what it takes to be a pro.”

Love that mind set! 

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Great article that really reflects the character of Coach JT, and the values that he instilled in those he coached.

Those outside the program vindictively call him a cheater, but those of us who know Coach Tress in any way know that he is loyal and humble and an outstanding individual with high character. If loyalty is a fault then he has plenty of it.

No matter how the game comes out on Sunday, at least one of his former players will have a Super Bowl Championship. A fitting thing for him to experience. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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thedewman10's picture

14 players of his in a SB is awesome. Testament to hard word and dedication. He has a mind and respect for the game and all of his players learned that I think. Great coach and human being.

TheDewMan10

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brutus360's picture

“The last thing I like to do, in terms of watching games, is to be amongst a crowd of 100 people

Hell, I never coached, but I always hate being around people I don't know for a big game just because of the distraction. Loved coach Tressel!

"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

Congrats to all players. Hopefully they are an inspiration to other players at the high school level that special teams still matter and you can make an NFL roster by being great on special teams.

Go Bucks!

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Hovenaut's picture

Reading fresh Tress is a warm welcome today...and he should be very proud.

Great reads, Dan.

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CreekBuck's picture

How do you spell class?  T R E S S E L

You win with people.

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Hockey Buck's picture

Anything Jim Tressel will always warm the cockles of one's heart.

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

You said “cockles”

“For me, this is who we are. We have a culture. We work at it very hard. And we’re efficient at it.” - Coach Day

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I will never, ever forget John Simon's last game as a Buckeye - it was The Game at Ohio State.  Nobody in that stadium knew whether he was going to play because of an injury and when he walked out from the tunnel in street clothes, the entire stadium gasped.  The hug between him and coach Meyer brought tears to 105,000 eyes that afternoon!  He is one of my favorite Buckeyes and I am hoping he gets his Super Bowl ring this weekend!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Yep. I was there for that one. My first game w Meyer at the helm. I hope he gets the win too!

“For me, this is who we are. We have a culture. We work at it very hard. And we’re efficient at it.” - Coach Day

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Sonof'47alum's picture

I was there for the Illinois game that year.  John Simon looked like a First-Team All-American that day. I realize Illinois was very weak that season but John did the opposite of playing down to the level of the opponent; he was dominant.

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mockjocks's picture

Tress is an all-timer. His records here was insanely good if you think about how different his approach was from Urban's. Still has 14 guys in the league. I love heaping praise on The Vest anytime I can.

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typeOHpositive's picture

I am only rooting for NE because of Ebner and Simon....that's it, Simon is one of my favorite Buckeyes ever...and that Ohio flag tattoo is fire !!

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

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jpfbucks01's picture

Treseel may have had a bit of a weak offense many years, but this as well as guys like TGII show he was a much better Special teams HC than Meyer

Kickers - Nugent, Huston, Pettrey, Pretorious, Barclay VS

Basil, Nuernberger, Willoughby, Durbin, Haubeill - to  me this is clear advantage Tressel

Punters - Groom, Sander, Turano, Trapasso, Thoma, Buchanan VS

Buchanan, Johnston, Chrisman - maybe even as Johnston was so good, but really a push

PR - Gamble, Jenkins, Holmes, Ginn, Small, Hartline, J Hall VS

Philly Brown, Marshall, Wilson, KJ - again a clear win for Tressel

KOR - Mo Hall, Gamble, Holmes, Ginn, Small, Lamaar Thomas, J Berry, Jordan Hall VS

R Smith, Wilson, Samuel, Campbell, Dixon, McCall - at best a push for Meyer but i will give a slight edge to Tressel again

i think you can make a reasonable argument that Urban most years was better at Punt Coverage and KO coverage (The OB kicks not withstanding)

But otherwise our kickers were less reliable at FGs and our returners became rather pedestrian except for Jalin

In Tressel's 10 years we returned 14 kicks for TDs or 1.4 per year, in Meyer's 7 years had 5 kicks returned for TDs or .714 ie half

Urban's kickers were 87 of 117 or 74.4%

Tressel's were 188 of 245 or 76.7% and that includes 2001 when they went 10 of 24, after that year it was 89.6%

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Steelydan54's picture

Not arguing your larger point about JT v UM as special teams savant. However to be fair, the kickoff return rate was greatly influenced by the change in rules effectively eliminating the kick return, hence the .714 annual KOR for TD was probably decent. It would be interesting to see how Tress and Urban ranked nationally vs their peers in those years; there's an affseason story for ya, 11W staff!

Steelybuck54

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jpfbucks01's picture

You are right that the number of kickoff returns has diminished but they are not 100% gone

In Tressel's years we averaged 34 KO returns per year and scored a TD once every 85.75 Returns

IN Meyers era it was 28 KO returns per year so down, but had he kept the same rate of TDs as Tress they would have had 2 maybe 3 KO Ret TDs in that time instead of Zero

And although PR TDs rate is almost identical, the average yards per return is down from 10.4 under Tress to 8.7 under Meyer, and its very stark the last 3 years as Meyers team has averaged only 5.9 YPR the last 3 years combined

And the blocked PR TD this year against UM is the only one in the last 54 games ie the last 124 Punt returns or 4+ years

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Sonof'47alum's picture

Thanks for posting this story.  And it’s a perfect illustration of the importance of even the role players on a championship team.  And also of how satisfying it can be to be a role player.  Good stuff!

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Steelydan54's picture

Loving some JT!  Another great Buckeye coach drug through the mud for no serious reason. So glad to see his Star Power intact at YSU. 

Steelybuck54

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Steelydan54's picture

Wonder if the YSU board of regents, faculty and students call him "Coach T", not "Prez T".  I sure would!

Steelybuck54

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Bucks19's picture

It’s Coach Tressel to them. Once a coach always a coach. Urban won’t be professor Meyer. 

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Any chance we could throw Tressel some extra cash to be a "special teams analyst" next season? 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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RBuck's picture

Always good to hear from The Senator. Glad he's in a good place now.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

The Vest Damn Coach in the Land.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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jbuckeye007's picture

Love the Vest!!!!  

6 B1G Championships in a row is an amazing accomplishment!  

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buckeyeteach's picture

Thank you Dan for this story. I will always love and appreciate Coach Tressel, and feel fortunate he was able to take our Buckeyes to great heights. And, what a class gentleman he is.

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GoBuckswin's picture

Coach Tressel until I die!!

Bucks fans in Mass

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Urbanbuck's picture

Why this guy still gets love is beyond me - he was a rules guy who repeatedly violated the rules and in doing so tarnished and shamed the program. 

Wahoo! Wahoo! Rip, Zip, Bazoo! I Yell. I Yell. For O.S.U.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Probably because he felt that the physical safety of his players was more important than archaic NCAA bylaws that if violated today, nobody would even bat an eyelash at.

And if you don't think he fell on the sword for the university, I have some oceanfront property in Columbus to sell you.

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allinosu's picture

Love coach Tress for sure. 

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OSUAeroEng's picture

Knew Jake McQuaide when he was a student at OSU. Really nice guy. We worked on an undergrad project together to design and build an afterburner for a miniature jet engine. That's right, while he was playing for the Buckeyes, he was also getting an aerospace engineering degree.

But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. So much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.  -Dr. Who, "Love and Monsters"

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Citybuck's picture

Got to love JT and his special teams...

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sawesome's picture

So I like to watch a game, especially where I have personal interest like with these guys, I like to be glued in front of my TV and enjoy the game and enjoy just thinking about what a special opportunity that is for those kids. And plus, it’s a big game, and it’s fun to watch how those types of games unfold.

Raises the question: will we see a special edition of Jim Tressel's Least Favorite Moment for the Super Bowl?  Especially given the fact that fully 67% of the OSU alums are on special teams?

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sawesome's picture

It appears that I have a special case of the Thursdays, since this double-posted.

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Trebor40's picture

Thank you Jim Tressel COACH!

Ohio till I die!

I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk

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