Ohio State greats Ryan Shazier and Malcolm Jenkins will serve as honorary coaches for the Buckeyes' April 14 spring game, the university announced Monday.
Shazier, who played for the Buckeyes from 2011-13, is currently working to recover from a serious spinal injury that he suffered while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in December.
Jenkins, who played for the Buckeyes from 2005-08, is coming off a season with the Philadelphia Eagles in which he became the first player in Ohio State history to win Super Bowls with two different NFL teams.
"I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud for our program and for the Ohio State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game."
Shazier, who recorded 299 total tackles and started 42 games in his Ohio State career, had since gone on to establish himself as one of the top linebackers in the NFL before suffering his injury.
Jenkins, who was a consensus All-American and Jim Thorpe Award winner in his final season at Ohio State, has since gone on to be a two-time Pro Bowler while winning Super Bowls as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints and with the Eagles this past season.