After months of being relatively quiet following the injury that ended his collegiate career, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa penned an open letter to Buckeye Nation in The Players’ Tribune.
In the letter, Bosa explained his life-long love for Ohio State, and walked the reader through the emotions that he experienced when he realized that his season was likely over after reaggravating a groin and abdominal injury in the second half of the team’s Week 3 game against TCU in September.
I remember sitting in Coach Johnson’s office after finding out that I’d need bilateral abdominal surgery. And man, we just started getting tears in our eyes….. because we knew what that type of surgery could mean. We knew it could mean I’d never play another snap in 2018. We knew it could mean the playoffs, Rose Bowl, Michigan game — off the table.
Bosa, also explained how there really was no question as to where he would play his college football when he was coming out of high school. Obviously his brother Joey played at Ohio State, but so did his uncle Eric Kumerow; his mother Cheryl was also a Buckeye. Bosa said from the very start of his letter that Ohio State was his dream school.
So as a kid, growing up, Ohio State wasn’t just some “team we rooted for.” They were MY TEAM. OSU was like a part of me. And to be honest with you, by the time my official visit rolled around….. there wasn’t much recruiting to be done. I was basically a lock.
I was born to be a Buckeye.
With his brother Joey playing in Southern California for the Los Angeles Chargers, Nick visited his former teammates while they prepared for the Rose Bowl this past week, and based on the pictures and videos that came out of the practice, it was pretty clear that players and coaches were happy to see him.
We wish Nick the best, and are looking forward to him picking up his destructive ways wherever he lands in the NFL.