Awesome story, thanks for sharing!
I’m 57 and usually cool,calm and collected, but when I looked over and their was Eddie jogging towards us, I was completely star struck. Take care NorthPoleBuckeye
I'm just a touch older but I would probably be the same way.
Agree, class act! That guy has an awful lot going for him these days. But still takes the time!
Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!
You don’t see that very much these days, he was so polite when he said he had to catch a plane, such a good man. Take care Buctor and Go Bucks!
Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!
It is spring 1982. I walk with my girlfriend to Cannon Dive just north and west of the Shoe. The road that marks the northern boundary of the Shoe is about to be redesignated and dedicated as Woody Hayes Drive. And we are standing there and I am looking off somewhere as I blather and ask a stupid question, which she fails to answer. So I glance left and see her gaping, open mouthed and slack jawed, drool practically dripping off her pretty little chin, and I look up and we are standing right next to a literal Adonis, 6'3" tall, chiseled out of granite and forged of titanium alloy, shamelessly handsome with forearms the size of my calves and biceps that look like overinflated basketballs. Tom Cousineau then graciously autographed her perfect, ample alabaster bosom t-shirt, and she
Bobbing for french fries.
Great story Buckaroo, when we had the picture taken, all you could see of me was my Buckeye hat and sunglasses as I stood behind Eddie. Take care and Go Bucks!
I was on a flight from Columbus to Phoenix w/ Eddie George once. I then stood in line behind him at the hot dog joint at the Phoenix airport.
He’s a big big man, take care Stxbuck and Go Bucks!
I won’t get into the particulars but I have had one personal interaction with Eddie and all I can say is he’s a class act all the way through.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
Totally agree Iowabuckeyes, it was the best celeb experience I have encountered in life. Take care and Go Bucks!
That's awesome - good for you and yours, '61 - must've been a thrilling moment.
Thank you Hovenaut, My Son, Daughter and Granddaughters are still excited and telling the story as if it just happened. Take care and Go Bucks!
I think the ovation he got on Saturday could have been MUCH better. He deserves better than he got. People cheered, but is wasn’t as loud as a lot of guests received in the past.
Spot on Rill Dill, take care and Go Bucks!
Does he not have the largest, softest hand you've ever shook? I met him years back (and accidentally might have sort of insulted him) and the biggest thing I remember was how his hand just absolutely swallowed mine when he shook it...and I'm 6'1" 190lbs, myself.
Bolt, I really don’t know as he shook my hand it was more like he gave me 5. When it happened, it felt like he had a pen or something in his hand. When the picture was taken I was behind his right shoulder and the only thing you could see of me was my hat and sunglasses haha! I’m 5’10 “ and 190. I just can’t imagine trying to tackle that man, I think I would rather take a wrecking ball haha! Take care and Go Bucks!
Very large dude. Widest shoulders I’ve ever seen.
I met Mr. Archie Griffin outside a spring game, asked for a photo, he kindly obliged, shook my hand and I told him what an absolute honor it was to meet such an outstanding person. That photo is on my Buckeye wall.
Also met JT and Urban with my kids at a football clinic.....both of them were awesome and took photos with one of my kids...the other kid was not there and was kicking himself for it.
"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM
I met Greg Oden. He was a jerk, but I think this was before life humbled him a bit.
I met David Boston after the 96 Indiana game and he was very nice. He was much smaller before he went to the NFL.
I'll date myself but I was flying out of Cleveland after the United Airline strike.
I am sure we paid full price for the tickets, business travel, so we were upgraded to first class.
Paul Warfield and Hanford Dixon got on the plane with us. I think it was a flight to Chicago. I recognized Paul, was not sure about Dixon. The guy I was traveling with had no clue who either of them were. I said hello, Paul was very polite.
A few years later we used to hang out at a bar in Richfield? Hanford was a regular there.
I have a strange history with sports people and air planes. Never once asked for an autograph.
I just saw Dimitrious Stanley at the Columbus Zoo last weekend. I gave him a "Go Bucks" and he smiled like he always does.
When walking past the law building after class on the way to my car circa 1970 , I see a man at a distance walking towards me . As he got closer, I realized it was Woody. As we approached each other , I debated what to say to him and just blurted out "Hi Coach". He simply replied "Hi son" and continued on his way. I often regretted that I didn't ask him for his autograph but my brother in law gave me his signed copy of You Win With People about twenty years ago . So I can say I have Woody's autograph but it's addressed to Jim...and that isn't my name . It's a nice addition to Coops, Tress' and Urban's autos I have so I guess I really can't complain ;) Go Bucks!!
Met Woody on campus and he was kind, humble and generous. I tell the story on my 11W user bio. Archie is the same way but I didn’t interrupt his discussion with the lucky fans who were with him.
Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.
I got on to an elevator in Stradley Hall in either 73 or 74. The only person on it was Archie. We said Hi to each other but otherwise rode the elevator in silence. I was in shock and just couldn't think of anything else to say. The thing that stuck out at the time was it seemed like his thighs were as big as tree trunks. Twenty four years later, as Assistant AD, he came to my son's room (incoming freshman wrestler) to welcome him to the campus. He was a genuine, wonderful person.
I go to stand in line for the cashier at the old Big Bear grocery store on Lane Avenue, and who should I be approaching the line the same time as me, but none other than Woody. I let him go in line in front of me, and he turns and smiles and gives me the Thank You nod. He was carrying a stack of yogurts. He then turns to me and says loudly with a grin, “You don’t think I’ll fumble these?” I looked at him square in the eye and said, “No, sir”, emphatically. Then we both laughed.
Send the Earth Reverberating
Back in the early 70s when Tussing(with a long U) road (just south of 70 E)was a two lanes curving road, a guy stopped to ask directions at our farm that turned out to be Mel Nowell (OSU great off the NC team). We talked with him for a little while. He was a very nice person. That and when JFK looked right at me coming out of port Columbus was a thrill. My parents told me that Eddie Rickenbacker held me when I was a baby at an air show.
In the summer of 2005, my girlfriend and I at the time walked right into the football offices and I asked if Jim Tressel was there. (I was on a trip from Mass., and the timing was just random). I ended up meeting Jim Tressel and he even offered to have a picture taken with us which he later personalized when I mailed it to him. He was great, funny and all class when I met him.
By the way, a short time after that, they tightened security at the WHAC and made it much harder to get to the football offices...coincidence?
Bucks fans in Mass
It's funny; but just this afternoon I attended my granddaughter's dance recital held at Dublin Jerome HS. Sitting two rows ahead of us was James Laurainitis and his family; there to watch his daughter perform with her little tap dance class. As we were all exiting afterwards, I happened to walk out right next to him and I said, "Hi James. Your daughter is so sweet. I really enjoyed her performance" to which he replied, "Get lost you sick b*st*rd!" or something like that...Naw, I'm just foolin' about. He actually smiled, said thanks, and we all continued on up the steps. I will say this ...the cat is still put together right!