December 6, 2016

💻 WATCH: Tom Cousineau NFF HOF Induction Tonight

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Dec. 6, 2016

In advance of his induction during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Dec. 6, former Buckeye standout linebacker Tom Cousineau and members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class met with media Tuesday morning.

Press Conference Excerpt:

EMCEE BONNIE BERNSTEIN: Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau, ’75-’78. Career tackle numbers were decent, 569 to be exact. Right? 569. That’s not a typo. That’s actually it. Cousineau led the Buckeyes to three Big Ten championships. He still owns six of OSU’s top ten single-game tackling performances. When you think about your playing style back then, Tom, I’m wondering how you think it would fly in this day’s game?

TOM COUSINEAU: Well, at linebacker, as Derrick knows, you’re there to make plays. I would submit to you that number, 569, means our defense was probably on the field too long. Right? But, listen, Ohio State was a great place for me. They let me be me. They let me run. That’s what I did. And as the position implies, linebacker, I had a wonderful group in front of me. And you never do this kind of thing in isolation. I had wonderful, wonderful teammates. And we had a great run. I had a lot of fun. If you were to have asked me then would football still be pouring incredible blessings into my life at almost 60, I would have drawn a blank. This is incredible. I’m just so honored and humbled to be part of this part of this group and to be from the great Ohio State University and to have played in such a storied program and to represent them. Coach Woody Hayes was amazing, a man much like Coach Bowden, transcended generations. He has littered the football landscape with other great coaches. As the saying often goes, you’re known by your disciples. That’s one great way to know Coach Woody Hayes. And I was a great beneficiary, being under his tutelage for four years. I wouldn’t have been anywhere else. I’m so happy to be here today, and honored.

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Fans can watch the entire NFF Annual Awards Dinner tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3 by clicking here.