When you become a Buckeye, you know there are some die-hard people around here.
During Michigan week, the students jump in Mirror Lake. That’s basically 20 degrees. You’ve got to see it.
There’s a guy who comes to our games called Buckeye Man. He wears a cowboy hat. He has so many different costumes.
Another guy sent me a Facebook message with his costume dedicated to me. He had an Ironman mask on. It was pretty cool. I’ve grown accustomed to comparisons with my father [NFL star Craig “Ironhead” Heyward], and I embrace it.
I saw what guys have gone to do after going to Ohio State. It has one of the biggest alumni bases of any college. Since then I have talked to [NFL linebacker] James Laurinaitis and other great players. Even those who didn’t play in NFL, I could see, were still successful.
Our campus is big, but I do get recognized a lot. Some players mind, but I don’t at all. It’s nice to be recognized.
I have one quarter to go and will graduate this spring with a degree in education. This winter I will student teach for second- or third-graders in Ohio. I hope they won’t recognize me, and just see me as a regular person, not as a Buckeye.
-- Reported by Michelle Hiskey