Past Ohio State standout student-athletes spoke to members of the men's basketball and football teams Thursday
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State welcomed back several distinguished past student-athletes to speak to members of the Buckeye men's basketball and football teams Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center.
The panel included Scottie Graham, a running back from 1988-91 and now a member of the National Football League Players Association, Kirk Herbstreit, a quarterback from 1990-92 and analyst for ESPN college football coverage, Clark Kellogg, an All-American basketball player from 1980-82 and CBS Sports analyst, Mike Nugent, an All-American kicker from 2001-04 and member of the New York Jets, and Kenny Peterson, a defensive tackle from 2000-02 and member of the Denver Broncos. Tom Carter, an All-American defensive back at Notre Dame, works alongside Graham with the NFLPA and also spoke to the players.
The group addressed to the student-athletes about a variety of topics, including the responsibility of being an Ohio State student-athlete, the possibility of having professional sports careers and substance abuse. The panel also spoke about taking the necessary steps toward being a successful student-athlete.
Scottie Graham, Ohio State running back from 1988-91, NFL running back from 1992-97 and NFLPA Spokesperson
"Trust the people around you in this room. Trust your NCAA compliance staff. They will help you. What you have done here and what you will do here, the character you show in your time at Ohio State will get you drafted. It is not just what you do on the field."
Clark Kellogg, Ohio State men's basketball 1980-82, NBA player from 1982-87 and basketball analyst for CBS Sports
"You must be committed to educating yourself. It is all about performance, ability and character. You determine what it is you want. You cannot know what is good, better and best unless you educate yourself."
Kirk Herbstreit, Ohio State quarterback 1990-92 and ESPN college football analyst
"Every kid has the dream. The dream of making it to the NFL. Think about it. How many guys from a selected recruiting class make it to the NFL? Two? Three? Maybe four? You have to keep your perspective. Have that dream and chase it with everything you have, but also look at your life beyond the game. Talk to people and ask them what has made them successful."