Barrett Honored With Tillman Award

By Jeff Rapp, January 19th, 2018

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State’s record-breaking quarterback, started his East-West Shrine Game experience by garnering a major honor.

Barrett was named as the 2018 recipient of the Pat Tillman Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service – achievements and conduct exemplified on and off the football field.

Pat Tillman is a former Arizona State and NFL standout who put his football career aside and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. He died in combat.

“It is an honor to receive this award that holds Pat Tillman’s name,” said Barrett. “The people that he impacted during his career and the sacrifice he made says a lot about the kind of man he was.”

A product of Wichita Falls, Texas, and three-year-captain, Barrett capped an outstanding Ohio State career with a 24-7 win over USC in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. He started 44 games for Urban Meyer, winning 38.

Barrett also set a total of 34 school records and five conference marks, including some of the most prestigious for a quarterback. He was responsible for 147 passing and rushing touchdowns to rank fourth in NCAA history in that category, and was a top-10 vote-getter in the Heisman Trophy race twice, including finishing fifth in 2014.

“J.T. Barrett is one of the great young leaders I have ever been around,” Meyer said. “On behalf of the entire Ohio State football program, I want to congratulate J.T. on this tremendous honor of being named the East-West Shrine Game’s Pat Tillman Award winner.”

Soon after arriving to the Tampa-St. Pete area, Barrett paid a visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children, where he played with patients on the basketball court, pushing them on swings, taking photos and signing autographs. He spent the week practicing with his teammates under East head coach Jonathan Hayes, tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.