How Urban Meyer, Ohio State Football Helped A Student Overcome Her Anxiety

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niblick's picture

good story and one helluva job on that piece mr hope

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

As an anxiety sufferer, I for sure get where Urban is coming from that it is a gift that at times is really difficult.

Like dealing with anxiety has given me a very heightened awareness of the world around me. Helps me to keep myself out of situations that probably aren't good/healthy for me. Has kept me out of dangerous and toxic relationships and helped me to recognize when they become that.

But the flipside is, I've missed out on a lot of opportunities. I've only been to two games at the shoe, and the B1G Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin in 2014 mainly because dealing with a crowd of that size (even if it's 110k+ people who have the same goal as me, to see the Buckeyes win) seems so daunting and frightening.

With anxiety, you learn to take the good with the bad and try and work through it and not give in when the thoughts get to the lowest point.

This was a great story, thank you for posting it.

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

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PhillyNut's picture

Best continuing wishes in being able to manage your anxiety successfully. Until you have walked in somebody's shoes you really do not know the challenges they face.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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jdoncbus's picture

I know it's a running gag around the country and the SEC in general when Meyer's UF health issues are brought up. Anxiety is no joke and I was always skeptical of it until I started having panic attacks shortly after graduating from OSU. It is beyond scary and when it hits you for the first handful of times you think you are having a heart attack. With experience, you learn to recognize the symptoms and get a handle on it when anxiety hits. 

Great story and it's nice to see the football program support a struggling undergrad.

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Cooper's picture

Yeah, I really feel for those that have anxiety emerge or exacerbated as an adult. I suffered through it; starting as a really young child, up until about my freshman year of college. For whatever reason, the panic attacks stopped, but the fear of never succeeding or accomplishing things is always a constant reminder in the back of your head. Everyone copes differently, and I’m glad to see this young lady trying to control it with some very positive methods.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

It really is a refreshing story. Anytime you humanize a larger than life figure like Urban Meyer and it shows that he genuinely cares about the people around him, that's great.

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

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The Rill Dill's picture

I wish you luck in dealing with your avoidance tendancy. Sincerely

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Bamabucknut's picture

I questioned the reason why the story was on this web site...until I read it. Great story and well told.

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RoyWalley's picture

Great story, thanks for sharing this.  Good luck Korbyn and to the best coach in America Mr Urban Meyer, more than a football coach!

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PhillyNut's picture

What is also interesting with this story and the parallel to another OSU great coach is that Woody Hayes and his wife were well known to do the same things behind the football scene.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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shiloh's picture

So true like after Bo, Woody's arch enemy, had his heart attack Woody was there to lend support in any way possible. Their connection was unbreakable! Sort of like Chris Evert and Martina.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain

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Hovenaut's picture

Very much enjoyed this. For all the touchdowns, the recruiting BOOMS, the awards, trophies...

Korbyn Martin's story has me just as proud of being Ohio State fan as anything accomplished on field. Wishing her all the best moving forward at tOSU.

Side note - jigsaw puzzles with family over Xmas break are excellent.

Appreciate this read, Dan - well done.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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analyticalguy's picture

Have done dozens of those Xmas break puzzles with family myself. Never got a message from one like Korbyn did, but there's always next year.

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Seattle Linga's picture

What a great story - thanks for sharing.

How did you hear that Korbyn even had an issue?

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Dan Hope's picture

A member of her family reached out to us. She also wrote a first-person account about this, "Ohio State Football Saved My Life," for the journal linked here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebutterflyjournal/2164736010477842/

Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks Dan - this is what 11W and Ohio State is all about. 

One of your finer pieces. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Great highlight Dan, perfect off season #content

Timing was ironic for me too - under a huge workload at work and just wrapped an extremely frustrating meeting. This story had a number of relatable points as well as told a great story about the coach we look up to.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Proud to have Urban as our coach.  A really good human being

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cronimi's picture

Seconded. And what a difference from the version of Urban that the press told from his Florida days. Perhaps he wouldn't have helped someone like Korbyn at UF when he was there -- or the press just chose to look at only one side of him. Honestly, I don't think many UF fans would recognize the Urban who coaches at Ohio State. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Agreed. I really liked to see the compassionate and selfless side since we see a specific narrow version of him as kind of a hardass leader (which is kind of necessary when leading a huge program of 18-22 year old young men).

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DenOSU's picture

Good read, I'm proud of the Buckeye Nation. Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

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65 Toss Power Trap's picture

A truly remarkable story. Good for all involved

Knowledge is Power

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CieGrant_Blitz's picture

Gotta love the character and selflessness the Meyer family and OSU football exemplifies.  Great chance of pace article.

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RKC's picture

Great story.  Thanks for sharing and it's good to hear about coaches spending time with kids without pads on.  

also, wasn't urban a psychology major?  

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PhillyNut's picture

Yes, yes he was.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

Great story, and good luck to her. Now on to Urban, it was a nice gesture on his part to reach out to her. While he probably does have some issues with his health, I don't believe that's the real reason Urban left Florida. Okay he took 1 year off, but he went from the microwave in Florida to the oven in Ohio St.

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PhillyNut's picture

Do not underestimate the level of pressure at Florida relative to OSU on a coach as well as the opportunity to do a reset.  I would not be surprised that internally Urban was trying to find a way to make corrections at Florida but sometimes the only way to do it is to walk away, reassess, and have a plan for going forward in a new situation that will allow you to negate at the beginning the things that spiraled out of control and appeared to have no way to be resolved if you stayed.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

I suspect Meyer left Florida because he needed to get his own issues under control and there was no way that was going to happen while trying to run a high level college football program.  The same thing most likely would have happened at OSU if he had landed here with his first high profile job.  We, as OSU fans, are the beneficiaries of him working through his issues and finding a path to a balanced life before he landed the job with the Buckeyes. 

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440Buckeye's picture

Definitely one of my favorite pieces I've read on this site. What an incredibly inspiring story, I got goosebumps just reading it. 

#InJTWeTrust

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Bucknicks's picture

Great Article. Close to home for me as I live in the same general area of northwest ohio as Korbyn and Brendan.

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mathandler1's picture

I to suffer from anxiety,sometimes just afraid to leave my house. My wife will ask why and I tell her all the time that I don't know why,it just happens. Coach Meyer can influence so many people not just on the field,thank god for people willing to help others.

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UnderparCSH's picture

Great Article. Makes me proud to be a Buckeye and fan of UFM. Go Bucks!

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Buck298's picture

Beyond heartwarming! A wonderful example of simple humanity. 

Korbyn, I too have struggled with anxiety. My best advice (albeit it came indirectly) was from Coach Woody Hayes, it was through his words that helped me to understand that the best remedy was to Pay It Forward. 

There is some young woman or man that now needs your guidance. It’s a gift you get by your giving. I’m praying for you and can already tell you will do the right thing. 

Godspeed in chasing your future. It will be bright. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Good advice 298. My anxiety melts away when I quit thinking about myself and focus on helping someone else. It makes sense as anxiety is described as fear of the future or a fear of repeating past mistakes. By focusing on others, you shift your mindset to the present and can truly be at peace in that moment.

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BradentonBuck's picture

Great article and gave me goosebumps. I have a daughter and cannot imagine how the parents felt before and then to have Urban intervene and touch her life like that is beyond amazing.

Ohio State Football is in good hands folks.

Buckeye til I die

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Thanks for sharing this story Dan.  When things are right, this story reveals the true power of athletics.  I am very grateful for Coach Meyer and the work he and the staff do representing the great state of Ohio.  Go Bucks!

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Louie1131's picture

Really great article Dan, thanks for the read.

I wish the real world would just stop hassling me...

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

This kind of content is what puts this site above everyone else. Great piece.

I hope Korbyn knows she has this place as a fantadtic resource of great people who all combined have done and seen just about everything. Help is just a forum post away. Join the fun Korbyn!

Made my day to read this.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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BayCountyBuck's picture

Day made and thank you 11W for the article, and to Coach Hinton, Coach Meyer and everyone else who helped this young lady out of a dark place. I hope her remaining years at OSU are successful and she continues winning her battle with anxiety. 

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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okiebuck's picture

Great read Dan. Some good nuggets about dealing with anxiety, which my soon to be sophomore in college daughter and I both have issues with. Thanks! 

The only hard day was yesterday

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typeOHpositive's picture

Love the humanity in this story, Urban and the staff are paying it forward and I'm sure she will pay it forward in her life....that's what it's all about. Also, a few years ago, out of the blue, for no seemingly apparent reason I had a panic attack at work, it was scary as hell, as others have said, I thought I was dying, heart racing, limbs going numb, tunnel vision closing in on me, felt helpless...and I had no idea why or how that could happen. It was stress and anxiety building up, even without me being aware. I am more aware noq, I've found out that many folks have had it happen and it has helped me prioritize, lose 50lbs by working out, watch my health/stressers and align my life better. God Bless the work of those that reach out to others to truly help in whatever way they can. Great story!

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

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_Patches's picture

Ohio State did the same thing to me my freshmen year. It took a toll on me, and I understand so much what this feels like, but I also know it is beatable with help and addressing it properly.

Hoping she continues to find peace and learns how to manage it effectively because the inward spiral of anxiety can be quite daunting.

If you take everything I’ve accomplished in my life and condense it down to one day, it looks decent!

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buckeyesfan5581's picture

Really cool story. Proud to be a buckeye

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

As if anybody on this site needed another reason to love our coach and his family... just.plain.fantastic story!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Well said AB ................... Well said.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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chibucks's picture

nice piece of writing mr. hope.  these behind the scene situations that mainstream media won't pick up are always great to read.

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Baroclinicity's picture

I needed an article like that today.

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

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LPCBuckeye's picture

What a wonderful story.  I'm so happy that young lady is on track and overcoming her anxiety.  I am also very impressed that Urban did that.  He is very busy but it is equally clear he truly cares about people.  The culture of the program is very positive and he sets a great example for his staff and players.  Such a great example of how we should be towards our fellow man.   

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rockyincbus's picture

Great article. Love to see Urban Meyer reaching out to young people beyond just the football field.  He is a class act and this is a great read.

You've got barbecue back there?

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NH-IO's picture

This is a great story.  Thanks for sharing.  A  little dusty in the office today for some reason.  

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prdoctor's picture

Terrific job on this story, Dan.

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aphilly02's picture

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing this story, Dan.

"To Buckeye Nation: You have my word that I'm going to give everything I have to continue the tradition of excellence and winning that this program has enjoyed during its storied history."

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CowCat's picture

Cool story. One more reason to be happy about having Urban as our head coach. It totally reminds me of "What would Woody do?"

Hopefully Korbyn learns to manage things. I'm a naturally anxious person. I've had to learn to enjoy relaxing for relaxing's sake. Highly-driven people have a hard time unwinding. It's OK and healthy to be lazy and to decompress from time to time. Take a nap. Enjoy the sunset. Wander around a library or a museum just for the heck of it.

From what I've seen, Urban has learned to unwind. When speaking at the Columbus Police graduation ceremony he explained that while on vacation he doesn't shave and tries to do nothing. Well done, coach.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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LessScarletMoreGray's picture

I'm ashamed that I ever hated Meyer. 

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Buckeye Jack's picture

Another great piece, Dan. Meyer is a class act. Jealous of Korbyn for getting to pal around with Coach.

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Trebor40's picture

Thank you and Humbled!  

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

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Sherm's picture

God, that first semester can be such a shock. Korbyn, a lot of us small-town kids have been where you are. 30-some years ago I was the class brain in a small school in western Ohio, and the first semester had me wondering if I could hack it. It's a huge change from where you came from.

But I think you'll find it just keeps getting better from here. Ohio State's size can be tough and impersonal at first, but everything you need is here, once you figure out how to find it.

Kudos to Coach Meyer for helping her find her balance. But I always kind of figured that's one reason someone like him becomes a coach in the first place. Good job.

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Dirty419Boy's picture

She is darn cute. I love those NW Ohio ladies.

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another-navy-buckeye's picture

Great story. Humbling. Blessed to be a Buckeye.

Blessed to be a Buckeye

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iamabuckeye's picture

I agree 100% with everyone above and really proud to be a BUCKEYE but what I really need to know is whet two pieces in the puzzle were her grandparents????

"We're stretching—and you're a kicker!”

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Spirit's picture

This is simply the greatest 11W article I have ever read. I am in Heaven, too, Korbyn, because one of Ohio's brightest (you) found her way and purpose and attention few believed possible at a university larger than many towns. Got a feeling you will change this world! Hail, Urban Meyer! Hail, Korbyn Martin! GO BUCKS! NO ONE HAS IT BETTER THAN US!

Spirit

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Hal Lancer's picture

Great Read. I do like and respect Coach Meyer on so many levels.

Korbyn, I too have battled with anxiety in my life. And math and science did not come as easy to me as the humanities. If I could replay and 2.0-reboot things in my life, no doubt one of the top ones, if not the top one, would be pushing harder to get through my difficulties in math and science. Tech is where it has been in my lifetime and yours and in the future.

Keep fighting the good fight..

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Turfgrad's picture

Life is a jig saw puzzle, there is ALWAYS a piece missing.  Find it.

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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Meek's picture

A lot of amazing things in this article, but I can't understand how two pieces from another puzzle fit in their new puzzle.

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Dan Hope's picture

Korbyn's mother, Jenni, saw the questions about the puzzle and asked me to pass along the following response as clarification:

"When Korbyn and I were putting the stadium puzzle together, there were 2 pieces missing.  We had searched everywhere, we looked in a couch that had belonged to my grandparents, who also enjoyed putting puzzles together when they were living.  There were 2 puzzle pieces under the couch cushions.  But not the puzzle pieces we were looking for.  I kept one and gave her one to hold on to when she went back for her 2nd semester.  On the back of the puzzle piece I wrote Jeremiah 29:11.  A few weeks later when she came home, we were sitting/talking in the living room where the puzzle was located.  (I had searched and vacuumed that room multiple times since) I spotted something on the floor and there they were, under the table where the puzzle (all together) was except those 2 missing pieces. God was speaking to her, the puzzle was complete and it was time for her to stay strong and finish her 2nd semester."

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Wow, I did not expect a follow up from the writer and the subject of the story! Thanks to both for the time to provide a clear answer to my quick question. I did that puzzle (or a similar one) last year. It had a lot of crowd pieces.

 My daughter is also attending OSU main campus for the first time this year after doing her first year at a branch. I am hoping she can adjust well to the environment and am encouraged by the example of your family and the resources available if she has issues.

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Hovenaut's picture

That's awesome - the Martin family seem like wonderful people who truly appreciate life.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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