I will never forget the memory of my first day in the locker room after freshman camp finished and the REAL team showed up. After practice as I walked into the locker room I looked up and the biggest man I have ever seen was looking at me square in the face! This 6-4 320 pound black mountain of a man is gazing in my eyes with a huge smile. Jason Winrow then yells, “Chico…Chico…
I didn’t know whether to be embarrassed, laugh with them at me, or feel relieved that he didn’t jump on me. From then on for two years Jason Winrow was a mentor to me in the very challenging beginning of my Ohio State career.
Yesterday Jason passed in the middle of the morning and we all have a tragic loss.
It’s crazy to think that he is gone because I spoke with him a little over a week ago. More important than all of that Jason leaves behind a family of his kids and special people who in many ways counted on Jason, and as a real man he took on the challenge and carried his load.
Jason was a huge family man and committed in business. He earned a degree from The Ohio State University and was diligent in education and as a mentor to the program and family that have opened many doors to countless opportunities. This is a classic example of how The Buckeye Football Family works.
Every day we as fans embrace the opportunity to cheer for our favorite team. We build intimate relationships and alliances with the programs and players. Let’s not forget in the beginning and in the end it all begins with a person, a man, and in many ways someone’s child.
As we take this week to open up Big Ten Conference play and forget about the past games, let’s commit to not forgetting about Jason Winrow, his family and the contributions he and many other have made that allow us to cheer for our favorite teams.
Let’s also take the time to remember and never forget Korey Stringer, Jason Guynn, and Junior Seau all fallen men who I have had the pleasure of knowing, played with, and share vivid memories.
97 Rose Bowl Champion
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