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Former Ohio State Star Beanie Wells Penned A Letter To Buckeyes Ahead Of Michigan Game

Beanie Wells smiles with Brutus Buckeye.


Ohio State players are judged by what they do against Michigan in The Game. Buckeye great Beanie Wells had huge performances against the Wolverines, and imparts his wisdom about the rivalry on the current Ohio State stars.

In a post on The Players' Tribune, Wells, who starred at Ohio State from 2006-08, explaining the sheer scope of the rivalry. He looked back on a night at the hotel, ahead of the 2006 game, an epic showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 2 Wolverines. He explains the leadership shown by quarterback and eventual Heisman winner Troy Smith.

He went around the room, making eye contact with every guy in there as he talked about the Michigan rivalry and what it means. You could hear the emotion in his voice. By the time he looked in my direction, tears had welled up in his eyes.

“Beanie,” he said. “If you make a play in this game, and we win, you’ll cement yourself in Ohio State history forever. You’ll be a legend. That’s the magnitude of Ohio State vs. Michigan.”

I was just an 18-year-old freshman, so I was already nervous about the game. I had also been struggling with fumbling issues all season, so I wasn’t even sure if I would get a chance to play. And the last thing I wanted was to find myself in a position to make a game-changing play, only to fumble it away, possibly giving the game away and ending up on the wrong side of one of those legendary plays.

But Troy’s words really resonated with me. Throughout that night and into game day, I kept telling myself that if I got into the game, I would find a way to make a play.

And legend Wells became. He scored a massive touchdown on his first snap, exploding for a 52 yard run. Wells wound up with 56 yards on five carries and the score, helping Ohio State to a 42-39 win. The following year, he rushed for 222 yards and two scores against the Wolverines.

Beanie Wells' full letter is a cool look inside this epic rivalry, and worth the read.

[The Players' Tribune]