The father of a legendary Ohio State football player spoke out at the rally for Urban Meyer outside Ohio Stadium's north end zone on Monday night.
Stacy Elliott, the father of former Buckeyes' star running back Ezekiel Elliott, showed up at the rally, which featured roughly 200 Ohio State fans doing chants and holding up Urban Meyer signs.
The father of the Dallas Cowboys running back become somewhat of a face for the rally, addressing reporters and standing up for Urban Meyer.
Meyer, of course, is under investigation by Ohio State for how he allegedly handled the domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.
Stacy Elliott spoke highly of Meyer while speaking to reporters.
“I’ve been sick ever since I heard about it,” Elliott said. “Urban Meyer is one of the best things that ever happened to this university … I love Urban Meyer. He’s a man of integrity. I know this.”
Elliott, who has the nickname “Ambassador” and actually spent time working for Meyer as a football program assistant after his son concluded his Ohio State career, described his relationship with Meyer as “a relationship that brothers would have.” He remains grateful to Meyer for the impact that the coach had on his son, who helped lead Ohio State to a national championship in 2014 and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 before being selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys, with who he is now entering his third season.
“He took our son, who was a boy, and he trained him, and he carried on what we raised him,” Elliott said. “The principles, the morals, the standards of him becoming a man.”
The Meyers and the Elliotts have become very close over the years. Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best players to play for Urban Meyer at Ohio State. The two families grew close during his time playing for the Buckeyes.
The rally as a whole drew criticism from many, including Ohio State fans and alums.