The Ohio State Buckeyes are on paper one of the best teams in college football, coming into the season ranked No.2 in the AP Top 25 rankings led by junior quarterback C.J. Stroud.
Stroud will need to be a great leader for the Buckeyes to make it to the College Football Playoff this season. And he showed some great steps in doing so with an awesome gesture to his teammates on Thursday.
A viral video was posted on Ohio State’s social media page of Stroud announcing to his teammates that he is giving them all $500 dollar gift cards to Express, a suit company, so every player can show up to games on game day with suits.
“I just wanted to do something for the team,” Stroud said to his teammates. “So I got everybody $500 gift cards to go to Express. Get y’all own suits man, make sure you’re looking fly. Make sure y’all really get some suits man, look fly man, and make sure we all look as a team.”
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2022
Express is a Columbus-based fashion brand that is one of Stroud’s many NIL deals that has been revealed. It is certainly cool that he used this opportunity to give back to his teammates.
This is another example of how NIL has changed the face of collegiate sports. And even though many have been strictly against NIL deals, this is an instance of how it can make for some very cool moments amongst teammates. It’s neat to see Stroud (seen above with his teammates at practice last month) using this deal to get his teammates something.
The Buckeyes’ first chance to show off these new suits will be in a huge matchup against No. 5 ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, which will certainly have huge implications for the rest of the season for both teams.
[Ohio State Football on Twitter; photo from The Columbus Dispatch, via USA Today Sports]