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The Ohio State football team is still in the midst of its fall camp, preparing to mold and shape the team into a championship unit prior to its opening game against Minnesota on Sept. 2. However, that doesn’t mean head coach Ryan Day and staff can’t take time out to have a history lesson in the midst of all the blood, sweat, and tears going into all that comes along with preseason practice.
In fact, it appears as though the Buckeyes killed two Wolverines with one stone on Thursday by visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, after it went through its 14th practice of the preseason at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The team was met by Hall of Fame president and CEO, C. David Baker after ending practice at 1:45 and grabbing some lunch. From there, the team bonded by going through the Hall and taking in the multiple exhibits and educational opportunities enshrined within the Canton cathedral.
“This game is about the opportunity to be a better person, a better man, a better husband and father,” said Baker. “This game teaches us so many lessons.”
It has to be awfully nice to be just a road trip away from the most well-known shrine to the sport. It’s another reminder about how deep the roots of football are in Ohio, and how the state’s identity is woven into the OSU program. But for head coach Ryan Day, it was more than just a practice and history lesson.
“This was a great opportunity for our team to bond,” said head coach Ryan Day. “For our players and staff to have the chance to learn more about the game of football at a place that’s right here in our own state is just an awesome thing.”
Aug 6, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; General exterior view of the Pro Football Hall of Fame before the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The modest break aside, Ohio State will now resume practice in a more conventional way back down the road in Columbus at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After all, those former Buckeyes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame don’t make themselves.