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Throughout the 2008 football season, former Buckeye standouts will share their favorite memories of playing in Ohio Stadium. This week, college football’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin looks back at his favorite moment. Watch the video board Saturday to see what it is.

Greg Frey was the latest Buckeye to convey his memories of the ‘Shoe. The Buckeye quarterback from 1987-90 shared his moment on the scoreboard during the Purdue game. Watch the video at the link above. Against Minnesota, Bobby Hoying looked back at the Buckeyes’ victory over Notre Dame in 1995.

At the Ohio game, Gene Fekete, an All-American fullback from Ohio State’s 1942 National Championship team, talked about his favorite moment that happened on Dad’s Day. At the opening game vs. Youngstown State, Tom Skladany looked back on his 58-yard punt that helped Ohio State edge Michigan, 12-10, in 1974. Watch Fekete and Skladany tell their stories at the link above. Jim Stillwagon was featured against Troy Sept. 27.

Be sure to check back for more and submit your own at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com/moment. Click though all six pages to read submissions from each home weekend this season.

Week 7 – Nov. 22, 2008

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
I have loved Ohio State all my life. I am from Columbus. All my people are there. I have lived away for along time, but never have I not loved the Buckeyes. This year 2008, I went to my second game in 30 years! I went to the Minnisota game with my sister and two neices. (We) had great seats and from the time I entered the stadium I could hardly get my breath. It was the most exciting thing I have done since the birth of my kids! To see all the red fans and to witness the band and all the cheering for the Bucks was overwhelming to me. I thought I would have a heart attack. I was shaking all over. When I come to Ohio and cross the river into Cincinnati, I know I am home. It is a warm feeling, and I will always love the Buckeyes. My house is full of Buckeye “stuff”. I had goose bumps the whole game long. I want to do it again next year hopefully. I am a Buckeye addict!!! Being in the south I get a hard time from these people at football time, but I stand strong for my Buckeyes. God Bless the Scarlet and Gray!!!
Deborah K. Peters
Fairview, Tennessee

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
Having been in the Band, I was fortunate enough to witness quite a few memorable moments, including the ’84 Illinois game and the ’85 Iowa game. My family has had tickets since the late ’70s, so I also have seen quite a few awesome games. Every victory over Michigan stands above the rest, of course, and our game with them two years ago was amazing. However, I’ll never forget marching in my first game in 1982 when we played John Elway and Stanford……national t.v. coverage……the band did a formation in which I was in front…….and when I watch the tape of the game, I now get to see myself emptying the spit valve of my trumpet on national t.v. What a highlight. Go Bucks!!!!
Brian Kolda
Dublin, Ohio

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
1995- Ohio State versus Michigan… and Eddie George is the best player I have ever encountered. I was a member of the OSU marching band and unfortunately the school up north always made the band sit directly on the field and not in the stands. They did not provide enough seats for us so some of us sat on the football bench all the way at the end. It was fourth quarter and we were down. It wasn’t totally impossible for us to come back but it was looking doubtful. The entire team had given up except for Eddie George. With the entire offensive line sitting on the bench with their heads hung low (beside us) Eddie came back and started hitting every single one of them on the helmet with so much emotion and told them to get up that this game wasn’t over yet. He then proceeded to the sideline jumping up and down yelling to the defense out on the field. When all hope was lost and their was only a few seconds left, he came back and sat down on the bench shaking and crying very hard. I was moved. As the band took the field for postgame – rubbing shoulders with two football players, I looked over and they were carrying Eddie off the field because he was so upset. I was so moved that day and it has had such an impact on my life. When times get rough I think of that day in Michigan. It was thereafter I thought he better win the Heisman for not the player he was on the field, but for what he does off the field….he did.
J E
south solon, Ohio

Week 6 – Oct. 25, 2008 

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
My first expierence at an ohio State game was one of the best experiences of my life. It was just recently. The Bucks played against Troy University. I flew in from Phoenix, Arizona to represent my Dad, Dan Aston, who played on the 1968 team. He passed away two years ago and we always would watch the Buckeyes games!! It was a part of us and will always be! My aunt and I had the oppurtunity to walk out on the field during the halftime show and meet all of his teammates! I feel so honored to have been able to attend the game in person! It was such a huge highlight of my life! 🙂 I will always be a Buckeye fan!
Jillian Aston
Scottsdale, Arizona

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
As someone who has been experiencing “Stadium Moments” since my freshman year in 1976, it is a tough task to choose just one. Ask me again tomorrow, and I way choose another, but today it is one in September of 1977. As a second year member of TBDBITL, I’d experienced my share of deafening ovations, but none like the day the Oklahoma Sooners came to town. It was during the band’s pregame ramp entrance. I was a member of “X-row”, the last row out of the tunnel (incidentally, the best trumpet players are put in X-row because they have to do all the playing as the band goes down the field, since the trumpeters in the first few rows are too out of breath to play after all that marking time—but I digress!) and the crowd had been doing their own crescendo during the ramp by the time we saw daylight. This crescendo had reached such a peak that I COULD NOT HEAR THE DRUMS playing (sorry for the caps, George). There was no way to know where the beat was except to look at the drummers and watch their feet! Yet, this is not the moment. Not yet. Those of you who are non-bandies may notice that when the band is all in place, they yell something—“whistle” is what is yelled, the signal that the roll-off and turn are about to occur. Of course, both the whistle and the yell were inaudible among the din. Yet, still, not the moment. Miraculously, even without the audible cues, the band did the turn, brought our instruments up, and played the first notes of Buckeye Battle Cry exactly on time. At least, I think we did, because THIS was the moment. As the band began playing and the drum major emerged from the tunnel, it was the loudest single moment I have ever experienced in Ohio Stadium. The lump to end all lumps was in my throat. Even today, thirty-one years and many stadium moments later, the hair on the bottom of my legs is standing up as I type. Now that’s the measurement of a stadium moment.
Tim
Jameson, Ohio

*Your Ohio Stadium moment:
I have many fond memories of Ohio Stadium. Some might be considered unusual. As a child living on Essex Road in Upper Arlington in the late 40s and early 50s, I would sometimes ride my bicycle to the OSU campus with friends from the neighborhood. We would have a great time riding on the track and inside the stadium ground level. We would ride our bicycles up the ramp at the bottom of the “shoe” to see how far we could go before we had to push the bikes up to “B” and “C” decks. We would ride as far as we could in one direction, turn around and go the other way as far as we could. The most fun, of which we never tired, was to ride down the ramps. The best ride was to come down the ramp at the bottom of the “shoe.” Sometimes we would go down a wrong ramp. Going down the stairs at the bottom of the ramp presented a problem resulting in a jarring ride at the end. This would sometimes result in the necessity of blotting up blood with a tissue before carrying the bike up the stairs to the ramp to continue riding up to do it all over again. There were no helmets or pads in those days. Several observations: (1) If you are Humpty-Dumpty, don’t do what we did, you might break; (2) It is amazing what children consider fun and to what extent they will go to obtain it; (3) It was a good thing we hadn’t reached puberty yet.; (4) I should have known then that I would not graduate from O.S.U. Summa Cum Laude.
Larry W. Williams
Wayne, New Jersey

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