Just two days ago, Zeke, Carolina, and Amber Holley hosted a Twitter space with Cardale Jones as their special guest. Cardale spent 30 minutes impressing all of the listeners with stories from his playing days, while also shedding some light on what he has been up to lately.
Today marks 10 years since Cardale Jones sent out a tweet that would send Twitter users and football fans into a frenzy.
"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS"
Listening to Cardale speak about his outlook on school and education an entire decade removed from that moment, is admirable.
Today, Cardale is putting energy into building a better life for student athletes at Ohio State and raising awareness for charities while doing so. He has co-founded a collective at Ohio State called 'The Foundation', a non profit organization that takes donations which are contributed to the Universities athletes. In exchange, the athlete who receives the money, will be required to help raise awareness and promote a charitable cause approved by 'The Foundation'.
Looking back on his comment about school and how he felt at the time and how he feels about it now, is night and day; but it's also normal. People often times forget that these college athletes have just entered young adulthood and if you look back and remember where you were mentally between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, you may just find some compassion.
He was asked about his relationship with Urban Meyer and what he means to Cardale, and he answered with appreciation and honesty.
"Coach Meyer is a guy that's often misunderstood just because of how relentless he is towards winning and success."
"I didn't have the opportunity to really build a relationship with Coach Meyer honestly until after I was done playing at Ohio State. We didn't have the greatest relationship just because of the demand he put on his coaching staff." Cardale continued, "He's responsible for 108 kids, there's no way he can have a significant relationship with 108 kids so he put that responsibility on his position coaches."
Because of the way Urban did things as the Head Coach, Cardale is able to recognize the incredible bond he built with Tom Herman who was the quarterbacks coach as well as the Offensive Coordinator at Ohio State during Cardale's time there. Tom Herman coached a talented quarterback group in those few years, so ineveitably, he was asked about those quarterbacks. Cardale came back with an awesome Joe Burrow story.
"If anyone ever told me that this kid (Joe Burrow) was going to win a Heisman and be a number 1 overall pick I would've told you that you're crazy."
"I can remember a time in practice when Joe read the defense wrong and it wasn't an interception but he went the wrong place with the ball. It was a completion, but he missed a touchdown. Coach Meyer started ripping Joe," Cardale goes on to say, "A lot of people would fold in that situation or fumble over their words to try and explain what they saw because Urban was such an intense guy but Joe took that ripping from coach Meyer with the straightest face and went back in and did something great on the next play. Me and JT (Barrett) were sitting back there laughing like this guy is really unphased."
Carolina asked for his opinion on the college football conference realignments and specifically about USC and UCLA joining the Big 10. "At the end of the day, this stuff is all about money when it comes down to it." Cardale said.
Cardale expressed some concern for how the players will be able to mentally and physically take on the toll of traveling from the west coast to the east coast every other week. Ultimately though, Jones is excited to see how it all plays out.
Cardale Jones isn't only making Buckeye Nation proud, but he's making college football fans everywhere proud. As a Penn State fan, I'll be the first to say how proud he has made me. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him speak and tell his story and I think you will too! Click the link below to hear the full conversation!
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