BTN.com staff, January 11, 2015
Ohio State fans will be out in full force at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday, and that includes several former Buckeyes stars.
We caught up with a handful of ex-Ohio State players to see what plans they had for the big game vs. No. 2 Oregon.
Here's what they said.
Brian Hartline, WR (2006-08)
Hartline, now a receiver for the Miami Dolphins, attended the Sugar Bowl win vs. No. 1 Alabama, but he has a previous engagement that will prevent him from attending the title game.
"We are moving into our new house in Columbus the next day," Hartline said, "and what a better way to move in than following an OSU National Championship win?"
Since he can't make it, how will Hartline be watching the big game?
"We will be stopping in Nashville to see my sister and probably watching the game there," said Hartline, who will be driving from Fort Lauderdale. "Should be a good time. Football and country music!"
Mike Vrabel, DE (1993-96); assistant coach (2011-13)
Vrabel, now an assistant with the Houston Texans, is driving up from Houston and hosting a tailgate before the game.
He's not sure how many former players will attend the tailgate, but he hopes to get in contact with some who want to stop by.
"(I'm) really happy for coach Meyer, his staff and, most importantly, the players that they get this opportunity," Vrabel said. "We are enjoying it as fans."
Orlando Pace, OL (1993-96)
Pace, the second true freshman ever start at Ohio State and the 1996 Heisman finalist, will be attending the game, and doing so with his children.
"I'm taking my three boys to the game," he said. "We plan on taking in some pregame festivities, then watching a Buckeyes victory!"
Andrew Sweat, LB (2008-2011)
Sweat wants to be in Arlington, Texas, for the big game, but he is unable to attend due to Law School. That doesn't mean he'll have to miss the game entirely, though.
"My plans are to watch the game with my closest friends," he said. "We plan on cooking some tailgate food and reminiscing about when I beat Oregon - Rose Bowl 2010. I wouldn?t call these big plans and far from the excitement of playing in a big bowl game."
Raymont Harris, RB (1990-93)
Harris, the director of development for Ohio State football, will be one of, what he hopes is, "hundreds" of other former football players cheering on the Buckeyes.
"There are a number of events/get-togethers planned for former players," Harris said, "so this game will not only be another opportunity to add to the great history and tradition, but also serve as a mini reunion of sorts.
"Who better to share this historical moment with, than the players that helped build this storied tradition to where it is today?"
Here's a look at several former Buckeyes in town for the game