Jody Victor: Football coach Jim Tressel and seven members of the Buckeyes football team were visitors of the Ohio House of Representatives last Wednesday in downtown Columbus.
Among the players in attendance were Kirk Barton, Dionte Johnson, Brett Daly, Andrew Good, Tyler Whaley, Dimitrios Makridis and Devin Jordan.
The players went on a tour of the house, including the cabinet room before heading in to meet former United States Senator John Glenn and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Ohio State President Gordon Gee also joined as the group sat and shared stories and spoke about their plans after graduation while enjoying a few laughs from Senator Glenn's jokes.
Governor Strickland added, “It is an honor to have all of you here today. Coach Tressel and his players always represent Ohio with class and character on and off the field and we're very proud of you and all your accomplishments.”
After meeting in the Governor's office, the Buckeyes went to meet Jon Husted, the Speaker fo House of Representatives. Husted was an All-American defensive back at the University of Dayton and a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship football team.
From there the Buckeyes moved into the House Chambers as Tressel addressed the House of Representatives, introducing his seniors one-by-one and thanking all the guests, employees and representatives for all their support over the years.