Urban Meyer is a card-carrying member of getting Cardale Jones an Ohio State statue.
When we think of Urban Meyer, Cardale Jones and the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes, we should think of statues, and only statues.
Ohio State has one of the richest football traditions of any program in the country. However, you do not see all that many statues of former players all around town. The Buckeyes have had six different Heisman Trophy winners and countless All-Americans, but Meyer has one outside-the-box candidate to be cast in bronze forever: Cardale Jones, his championship-winning quarterback.
Meyer appeared on All Things Covered with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden to discuss this very important matter on sacred symbolic gestures.
"“To me, they ought to build a statue of Cardale Jones. Beat Wisconsin 59-0, beat Alabama and then goes on to beat Oregon. And that’s one of the greatest runs of certainly Ohio State history.”"
Here is the entire episode in question.
While there are certainly good reasons to have a Jones statue, we need an A.J. Hawk one first.
Urban Meyer in favor of a Cardale Jones statue outside of Ohio Stadium
Truth be told, I am known for liberally throwing around the idea of having people that I like get statues erected in their honor. Preferably, I am in favor of letting them put the statue wherever they want it, whether it be in a student union, a plaza somewhere or even on the field of play. Whatever keeps things interesting, let’s do it. But I don’t know if Jones can skip others in line…
Ohio State should start with statues for every Heisman Trophy and national championship-winning coach in its history, first and foremost. Archie Griffin gets two. That would mean Meyer would be getting a statue before Jones. And even if Jones were to get a statue, wouldn’t his former teammates like Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa and J.T. Barrett get one before him? It’s not my call, man.
Overall, who doesn’t love a good statue debate? Art is for the people after all. It should inspire hope. And that right there is why a Jones statue is not all that crazy. He was a third-stringer who went on a heater of a lifetime to quarterback the Buckeyes to the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship. So let’s get one erected for Jones and Hawk and we will call it even.
We don’t want to know what Ohio would do to one of its mountain ranges if it even really had one.