COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the 2015 college football season wraps up, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller wrote a heartfelt letter to Buckeye fans about his experience the last few years at OSU.
He shared the letter, titled ‘Dear Buckeye Nation‘ on The Players Tribune, an outlet athletes have used in the past to share big news. It’s where Kevin Love shared he was returning to the Cavaliers and where Kobe Bryant announced his retirement.
Miller first talks about his spin move during the game against Virginia Tech that went viral. He mentions how teammates and coaches joked with him about being on SportsCenter later on. He also earned shoutouts from LeBron James and Jerry Rice on Twitter.
I see you lil bro @BraxtonMiller5!!! Hit em with “The Silencer”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 8, 2015
Read his entire letter here.
He talks about growing up less than an hour from Columbus and watching the Buckeyes win the National Championship in 2002.
I was so nervous, man. I was pacing back and forth in my room … then running to my parents’ room … then back to my room. The entire game, I was like that. I couldn’t sit still.
By the time we finally won in double overtime and held up that crystal football — yeah, it was “we” even then — I must have jogged 10 miles around my house.
After that game, it was all over. My fanhood went to another level … and there was no turning back. My biggest goal in life became simple: to get accepted to The Ohio State University, to put on that scarlet and gray uniform, and to one day play football for the — my — Buckeyes.
Years later, Miller’s dream became reality when he signed his letter of intent.
He worked hard his first year, earning Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year. Shortly after, Head Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus, and that’s when Miller said everything changed.
Coach demanded nothing short of perfection from us — and our very first year, that’s what we gave him. A perfect 12-0 record.
But Miller’s time as a starter was cut short by a shoulder injury during practice before the next season. He thanked Buckeye Nation for sticking by him throughout his recovery, saying he would have thanked every person if he could have.
Miller mentions how hurt he was that fans thought he would leave Ohio State when J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones gained success on the field during his recovery.
“Why would I ever leave Ohio State?”
But he said what fans didn’t know was that before and after practice, Cardale and J.T. were helping him get better at his new position, wide receiver.
Miller says the spin move meant more than just getting on SportsCenter, it meant he was back.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every Buckeye fan who took the time to watch me play the game that I love. I lived for those moments that we all experienced together, and I’ll always feel a special connection to you.
And that’s because I’m one of you.