"I picked up the phone and heard Cole's voice, and he was like, ‘Hey man, we're getting you,'" he said. "I didn't know how to react and I didn't even know what I said, honestly, but I probably started freaking out."
Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer was drafted by Washington in the NFL Draft with the 187th overall pick. The late sixth-round draft pick received a call from from his brother, Cole Spencer, who is a scout for Washington. In what was surely a special moment, Evan was told by his brother that he'd been selected by Washington in the NFL Draft, resulting in a dream that Spencer had worked for his entire football career.
Now the siblings will be working for the same team. One, an area scout. The other, working to make the cut as a wide receive in the NFL. To be able to share that incredible moment with a family member who has watched you and grown with you must be something that they won't ever forget. Now, Evan Spencer will look to make his mark on the professional level, one season after becoming a champion on the collegiate level.
"Of the 43 players who started for either Miami or Ohio State that night, 37 (86 percent) went on to the league."
The 2002-2003 BCS national championship game has gone down in college football history as one of the greatest games to be played. Featuring a Miami team that had won 34 consecutive games and an Ohio State team on the verge of an undefeated season themselves, the talent level on the field that night in Tempe, Arizona was tremendous. As you see in the quote above, of the 43 players who started for either the Hurricanes or the Buckeyes that night, 37 of them went on to the NFL. That's good for 86 percent, a remarkable number that hasn't been surpassed.
Of those players 58 players drafted from Ohio State and Miami, 18 went in the first round. Among the bigger names for Miami were Andre Johnson, Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jonathan Vilma, Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle. The Buckeyes notably had Will Smith, Michael Jenkins, Bobby Carpenter, A.J. Hawk, Nick Mangold and Gamble drafted among the first 32 players taken.
"National champion Ohio State spent $4.4 million on two College Football Playoff trips and runner-up Oregon totaled $3.8 million, according to NCAA postseason expense reports of all four playoff teams obtained from the universities by CBSSports.com."
CBS Sports compiled the expense reports from the NCAA postseason and took a look at what each of the four teams in the College Football Playoff spent on their playoff games. Ohio State spent $4.4 million in their two games, the combined total from both the Sugar Bowl against Alabama and the national championship against Oregon. The Crimson Tide were actually the team to spend the most on any one game, as they spent almost $2.6 million in expenses, which was about $558,000 more than what Ohio State paid for in the Sugar Bowl.
The article goes on:
"This year's projected CFP payouts: SEC -- $87.5 million, ACC -- $83.5 million, Pac-12 -- $60 million, Big Ten -- $60 million, Big 12 -- $58 million. These numbers can vary depending on which contract bowls are semifinal sites. This year, the Rose Bowl (Big Ten/Pac-12) and Sugar Bowl (Big 12/SEC) were semifinal sites, meaning their contracts didn't pay out to those conferences."
"But even though I may be the 10th or 11th man on the bench at Ohio State, I'm going to keep the mindset that one day I could be on the floor or in the lineup. Because if you work hard enough and put your heart into something, you just never know."
Playing basketball for Ohio State was one of Joey Lane's dreams growing up as a kid and now he'll get a chance to live out that dream as a walk-on for the Buckeyes. After spending most of his high school career behind talented players that were on their way to Division I schools. Finally, when his senior year came around, Lane was able to show what he brought to the court and even competed well enough to catch the eye of Ohio State scouts at a tournament in Columbus. After being offered a spot on the team as a walk-on, Lane jumped at the chance to play for Ohio State.
Though he knows his role is going to focus on getting the starters and players ahead of him better, Lane is focused on improving his game and the game of his teammates. He hopes to someday play on the court, obviously, but is willing to help the team in any way that coach Matta and the staff see fit. A kid living out a dream like this is one of the neatest things about sports, and now we'll be able to follow his career the whole way as a Buckeye.