Before bones began appearing on Georgia’s helmets, before the tomahawks on Florida State’s, and long before the ax blades on Stanford’s, it was Ohio State with the Buckeye leaf.
Suggested by Buckeyes trainer Ernie Biggs during the team’s 1968 national-championship-winning season, the tradition awards players for remarkable overall performances, game-defining plays and for Buckeye victories.
While originally a rare feat to receive a leaf under legendary perfectionist and head coach Woody Hayes, the practice has been refined from the theatrical presentation it was and now is a low-key distribution. With the Buckeyes delivering banner seasons as of late, the silver bullets have been filling fast, each able to hold around 80 leaves. Pay homage to more than 50 years of the Buckeye tradition.
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