Meyer Visits CFB Hall To Pick Up Trophy

A likely member of the historic body himself, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer tripped to the College Football Hall of Fame on Sunday to accept the MacArthur Bowl as National Football Foundation national champions on behalf of OSU.

There is a lot of hardware that gets awarded when a team wins a national championship, and yet another piece of it belongs to Ohio State after a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Sunday.

The NFF previously announced Ohio State as the recipient of trophy following its 42-20 victory against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The ceremony at the Hall of Fame, which features the Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, marked the official unveiling of the trophy with Ohio State’s name permanently etched on the fabled archways of the historic trophy, joining the previous 57 teams who have been recognized since the coveted honor was first bestowed in 1959.

“On behalf of the Ohio State University I want to thank Chick-fil-A -- Chick-fil-A has been very involved with college football and they are great friends of mine -- obviously the National Football Foundation and Steve (Hatchell) and then this beautiful Hall of Fame for having us here,” Meyer said. "I hope this is a tradition. It should be a tradition for the head coach to come down and celebrate at this incredible facility with fans."

Meyer mingled with Ohio State fans, complimenting the national championship shirt of one of them, before the ceremony that featured NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO John Stephenson. Meyer received a tour of the new facility as well and sat down for a Q&A with college football broadcaster Brad Nessler.

"Thank you Coach for being here and setting good precedent for us so that this becomes a tradition, and I feel certain we'll see you here again," Stephenson said.

Meyer also joked with Nessler that he would have to find a way to put the crystal trophy into his suitcase to take it back to Columbus. He also complimented the Ohio State players for their efforts during the 14-1 championship season.

"The one negative to football is you can't see the faces of the players very often because of the helmets and all that, but I'm so into it for all the kids we get to coach and see the faces and see who these people are," Meyer said. "The 2014 Buckeyes, that was a real team. How did they overcome adversity? Because they cared for each other. So I’m honored to be here and on behalf of Ohio State, my football players and coaching staff we accept this incredible award. It has incredible history and we’ll forever be grateful to be on the side of this beautiful silver trophy.”

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