This Week In Twitter: Ohio State Is Well Represented At NFL Honors Ceremony, Ryan Day’s Quick Pivot and the Buckeyes Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

By 11W Staff on February 10, 2024 at 2:35 pm
C.J. Stroud
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This Week In Twitter is a look at some of the week’s best and most entertaining tweets from Buckeyeland and beyond.

The NFL Honors ceremony on Saturday recognized the league’s best and brightest, and a pair of former Buckeyes were awarded for their efforts both on and off the field this past season.

Former Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after leading the Houston Texans to a 10-7 record and the NFL Divisional Round one year removed from a 3-13 season. Stroud threw for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns during his debut season with the Texans. 

During his acceptance speech, Stroud recognized his time at Ohio State and thanked head coach Ryan Day and offensive analyst Todd Fitch, as well as Buckeye Nation as a whole, for their support during his journey.

Stroud is yet another addition to a recent stretch of Ohio State dominance over NFL Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the sixth Buckeye to earn the award since 2016.

Despite just being crowned as the league’s best first-year player, it’s clear that Stroud’s sights are set much higher going forward.

While Stroud dazzled during his first year on the field, veteran Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward — who played for the Buckeyes from 2007-10 — was honored for his accomplishments off the field. Heyward was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year, which recognizes a player’s commitment to improving their community through philanthropic work.

The wait is finally over for former Ohio State and Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar, who was named a member of the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2024 on Thursday.

You might want to grab a few tissues for this one. 

With Stroud and Heyward bringing home hardware, and Gradishar’s patience being rewarded, it’s safe to say that Thursday was quite the night for the Buckeyes.

While former Buckeyes took centerstage on Thursday, the spotlight shifted back to Day and Ohio State on Friday. Although he was hired to be Ohio State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach just three weeks ago, Bill O’Brien opted to become Boston College’s next head coach.

Day wasted no time finding a replacement, though, locking up his mentor and former Oregon, UCLA and NFL head coach Chip Kelly to fill the void left by O’Brien.

Kelly is widely regarded as an offensive mastermind, and it’s clear he likes to think outside the box when it comes to moving the football.

On the hardwood, the Ohio State women’s basketball team continued to dominate the Big Ten during the week.

Did we mention the Bucks are up to No. 5 in the latest AP Poll?

Things aren’t going quite as well for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, as the Buckeyes have lost eight of their last nine games and have failed to snap a 15-game road losing streak — which dates back to Jan. 1, 2023. Perhaps they could use some help from Stroud, who is set to compete in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game on Friday.

And make no mistake, Stroud can put the ball in the hoop.

Wednesday marked National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the Ohio State community celebrated accordingly.

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