Video: Ohio State welcomes hospice patients

Ohio State football is sacred to so many people. But, for 90-year-old hospice patients Richard Payne and Robert Evans, both 1949 Ohio State graduates, it has added value. These guys remember greats like Hopalong Cassady, after all.

“It’s not just a team, it’s ‘The’ team!” Payne said.

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Well, Payne and Evans recently got to get as close to “The” team as they’ve ever been. The two lifelong Ohio State fans were given an all-access tour of the program’s football practice facility through their hospice program, Senior Independence Home and Health Hospice.

They touched Archie Griffin’s Heisman Trophy, they visited the team’s equipment room, they watched practice, and they even got to talk to Urban Meyer.

“Oh, hell, I’m happy as a lark.” Payne said.


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Jonathan on 10/9/2013 @ 3:00pm EDT Said:

I’m glad the patients got to do something special.

Vodka Barf on 10/9/2013 @ 10:50pm EDT Said:

This is nice. More of this. Community outreach really is a marvelous thing. 5 minutes of a public figures time can mean the world to others.

Grant K. on 10/10/2013 @ 8:53am EDT Said:

This is what the news should look like! The good that goes unseen is just a shame. Is Johnny Football going to basketball game bigger than something like this? Thanks for posting this! Go Bucks!

Starman on 10/10/2013 @ 1:37pm EDT Said:

Classy and cool. Go Bucks!

philip cook on 10/13/2013 @ 8:53am EDT Said:

my name is philip cook my grandfather easterling died in march i wish he could that but was really sick he was a big buckeyes fan a long time i am his grandson i wish that would happen to me sometime it hart sometime that my grandfather is not around it just hurts philip cook