Tyler Moeller: Let Us Not Forget

Michael PeriattCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 07:  The Louisiana State University Tigers huddle up as Tyler Moeller #26 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

We all know about the Tyler Moeller story.

He was in intensive care after being punched by a drunk on a family vacation in Florida and then suffered a relapse a couple weeks back.

Now, not only is he out for the season, but his entire career is in jeopardy. And even if he does come back, he's going to have to earn his spot all over again.

I recently read an article about him always smiling and having such a good attitude.

Good for him.

Because it has to be tough to go through something like that.

Put yourself in Tyler's shoes for a second. Imagine working your whole career to get to this point. You have been training, studying, and practicing all to get a shot at the ultimate goal; to start and make an impact at one of the most renowned college football teams in the nation.

People have always doubted you because of your size, but you blocked it all out. You proved all the haters wrong.

You made it.

Then, all of the sudden, it's taken away because of one drunken punch.

How would you feel?

Furious? Mortified? Pissed off? I'm sure that doesn't describe the half of it.

In football, injuries are an unfortunate, but innate part of the game. They suck. And too many really talented players have had their careers cut short by a bad hit to the knee or hard hit to the head. But to have something happen off the field where people trying to tackle each other is not "part of the game" is unacceptable.

It’s not fair that one idiot can take away a man’s dream. It’s not fair to Tyler. It’s not fair to his family. And it’s not fair to all of those people who wanted to see Tyler succeed.

Now everything is in limbo.

I’ll tell you what though. Wouldn’t it be great if he made a comeback? Imagine him walking out of the tunnel of the Horseshoe and running onto the field. That place would go nuts.

Unfortunately, at this point, all we can do is hope and pray he makes a full recovery.

It's amazing this guy is smiling.

So as you are watching the Buckeyes this season, I ask you not to forget Tyler Moeller. He might not be on the field, but he's just as much a part of the team as anyone else.

He’s worked too hard not to be.


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