Former Buckeyes pay tribute to retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

Former Buckeyes pay tribute to retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer leads the team in singing Carmen Ohio after beating Miami of Ohio 56-10, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State suspended coach Urban Meyer for three games on Wednesday night, Aug. 22, 2018, for mishandling repeated professional and behavioral problems of an assistant coach, with investigators finding Meyer protected his protege for years through domestic violence allegations, a drug problem and poor job performance. The superstar coach's treatment of his now-fired assistant was also clouded by his abiding devotion to the legacy of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, the grandfather of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith and an early coaching mentor for Meyer. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File) (Jay LaPrete)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Former Ohio State University football players took to Twitter Monday to pay tribute outgoing coach Urban Meyer.

Michael Thomas, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, said he “shed a tear” when he thinks about Meyer’s impact.

Former Buckeyes linebacker Joshua Perry talks about how influential Meyer is in his life.

Other former Buckeyes players shared their thoughts on the news of Meyer’s retirement.

The 54-year-old is stepping down from coaching the Buckeyes after Ohio State’s bout in the Rose Bowl against the University of Washington Huskies.

Ryan Day, the team’s co-offensive coordinator, will take over as head coach after the Rose Bowl.

Meyer and Ohio State University officials have a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday to officially announce the decision.

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