COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January.
“How are you guys out here right now? It’s freezing,” he said from a makeshift stage erected on the south end of the field.
Buckeyes fans were on their feet as coach Urban Meyer and the team emerged from the southeast tunnel obscured by fog and flanked by flames. Onstage, local politicians delivered speeches and players danced and joked with each other while chants of “O-H! I-O!” rang out throughout the stadium and several highlight videos from the Buckeyes’ 14-1 season played on the scoreboard.
As he took the podium to address the crowd, coach Urban Meyer said he initially wanted to move the event indoors to Value City Area until athletic director Gene Smith challenged him.
“Gene Smith says, ‘You…
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