Nov. 3, 2016
Ohio State Athletics Communications
Preview of the November 5th edition of the Ohio State Football Official Gameday Magazine. Gameday Magazines are available for purchase for $10 in and around Ohio Stadium.
It was August 30, 2014 and the Buckeyes were opening their unbeknown national championship season against Navy. New to the starting lineup was redshirt freshman Billy Price, and when asked to recall that game, he had four words: “rough, eye-opening and humbling.”
Coming from the small town of Austintown, Ohio, Price was up against an atmosphere unlike anything he had ever faced. However, Price has come very far since that matchup in Baltimore, and yet continues to maintain the same humble mindset he left that game with.
Now a junior and 37 starts later, Price is one of the most experienced names on the 2016 Buckeye roster. Along with Pat Elflein, he is one of just two returning starters to the offensive line. However, he knows that his role on this team is not just being a player, but a mentor and an ambassador for this program.
“We as veterans have to be aware and understand that we are setting the pace and setting the tone of the culture of the program,” Price said. “We have to continue to take pride in what we do and do what Coach Meyer asks.”
And it is this pride that drives the humble mindset we saw coming out of his first start. He takes pride in where he comes from and where he is now. He makes sure to give credit where it is due, from the start of it all right up to now, whether it be to his mom for dealing with his “shenanigans” or to the athletic department and this university for enabling him to engage in opportunities of which he is “blessed” to have been a part of.
This past summer, Price traveled to Jamaica with the athletic department’s Soles4Soles project and spent a week interning at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Through both of those experiences, Price was able to embody everything that this football program and university aim to represent. While in Jamaica, he was able to represent the football program in a way that is important to him.
He wants people to realize that they are not “just football players.” Part of what makes the program so elite is how the players give back, help and represent this university.
At Nike, Price continued to show the rest of the world what it means to come from Ohio State.
“Being from the Midwest, I was told I was able to stand out. I was able to show the hard work and dedication it takes to put in the hours, put in the time, put in the work. They said ‘Oh, that’s the kid from Ohio State.’ And I’m okay with being that guy. I’m okay with that because I’m standing out in a good way and I’m representing this program, this university and my family.”
Despite all that he has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time, Price still strives to be better and hopes to make a greater impact on the world. It may seem that he has nothing left to prove, but that doesn’t slow Price down.
“At this point, it’s to continue to prove to myself that I can always push my limits and be better.”