1) Cardale Jones
No Buckeye fan can forget the dreaded feeling of entering the Big Ten Championship game in 2014 without J.T. Barrett. However, after the game, Cardale Jones had become a hero. Add to that a huge win over Alabama and a National Championship win over Oregon, and you have etched yourself into Ohio State history. And these heroics are definitely worthy of a baby or two being named ‘Cardale’ in and around the Columbus area.
2) Aaron Craft
For awhile, it felt like the Ohio State basketball program was a blight on the rest of the athletic department, but then Chris Holtmann arrived in town and turned it around real quick. Before the dark time, though, there was Aaron Craft. Some might remember him as the two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year or one of the leaders of Ohio State teams that went to the NCAA tournament. However, if any child is named after Aaron Craft, we’re here to guarantee that it’s absolutely because of this moment right here.
3) Evan Turner
Another throwback for the basketball program, Evan Turner is one of the best Ohio State basketball players of all time and had plenty of memorable moments from his time in the scarlet and gray, but none are better than this.
A buzzer beater over Michigan will always endear you to each and every fan of Ohio State. If my calculations are correct, the children named after Aaron Craft and the children named after Evan Turner should be tearing up little league as we speak.
4) Braxton Miller
Some might not remember this, but Braxton Miller’s freshman year was a forgettable one. The Buckeyes went 6-7 under an interim coach and looked off all season. Braxton, however, turned it around in just one year and became one of the most iconic Buckeyes in recent history. Whether it’s his crazy scrambling ability or surprisingly good passes, or if it’s that spin move in his senior year as a wide receiver, Braxton Miller just wowed Buckeye fans. Also, Braxton is a cool as fuck name. I wish my name was Braxton.
5) J.T. Barrett
J.T. Barrett fought some legitimate criticism in his later career with the Buckeyes, but don’t let anyone fool you: he is perhaps the greatest quarterback in school history. He was around for what felt like 10 years, and if he was under center, the Buckeyes were in the game. While there were some times that the Bucks struggled under his tutelage, his tenure was ultimately 4 seasons of constant relevance.
While there are too many great moments to really count, my favorite was this comeback against Penn State in 2017.
That’s definitely a performance worthy of having a baby named after you.