Buckeye Cruise for Cancer: Q&A with Archie and Eddie
By Brandon Castel
One of the most unique events of the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer gave Ohio State fans an intimate look at two of the most prominent figures in school history. Fans crowded into the boat’s Safari Club on the back end of the ship on Sunday afternoon for a Q&A session with Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin and Eddie George.
The event was hosted by my good friend Anthony Rothman of 97.1 The Fan and I was asked to help out by moving around the room with the microphone for anyone who wanted to get a question in with two of the all-time greats.
Photo by Jim Davidson
We will have some video of the event, including footage of Eddie and Archie striking the Heisman pose together in front of a banner featuring all six of Ohio State’s past winners. There were three of them on the cruise, including 78-year old Hopalong Cassady.
Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history, said he is “certain” someone else will eventually win two Heisman Trophies. He said he even thinks someone might be able to win three with the new rules, especially now that voters are open to guys like redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel.
Eddie George was quick to disagree with Archie. He said no one will ever win three, and also said no one else will win two.
“I have a vote, so I'll make sure,” he said with a sly smile.
Archie joked about changing the monogram on his towels to H.S.W because of what it has done for him, but the Columbus native said he has never worried about someone else winning two stiff-arm trophies. He said he's perfectly OK with it because he's always felt it would happen, but his wife might take it a little hard.
Eddie George said he grew up wanting to play for Penn State but “when you get older, you get smart.”
He said he wasn't highly recruited out of high school as a running back. Most teams wanted him to put his hand on the ground and block or rush the passer, “but I always knew I had to tote the rock.”
Eddie also said Archie was one of the main people who helped him through a dark time his freshman year after those fumbles. He was down on himself but Archie told him to work harder and good things would come his way.
“Don’t feel bad for me. That experience my freshman year helped to shape my character. It defined who I was going to be.”
Eddie said he is back at Ohio State in an ambassador role. He’s doing a little bit of everything from promotion to fund-raising in an attempt to give back to the University.
It sounds very similar to Archie’s role before he became the president of the OSU Alumni Association in 2004.
Archie told a little bit of his story and how he came back to Ohio State in the HR department, which had been his major in college. During his eight years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Archie would work in HR during the offseason so he wouldn’t have to start out in an entry-level job after his pro career ended.
Former OSU Athletic Director Rick Bay learned that Archie was in the HR department and asked if he would move over to athletics. He would eventually become an associate athletic director at Ohio State before moving into his current role as president and CEO of the Alumni Association.
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