Everyone saw Michigan senior quarterback Devin Gardner consoling Ohio State freshman signal caller J.T. Barrett last week when he went down with an injury in the midst of a huge rivalry game.
Ohio State’s Dave Claborn and the OSU athletic department sent Gardner a letter of appreciation for his actions last Saturday. It reads:
“Dear Mr. Gardner,
I write, simply, to thank you for the inspiration you are and the class you showed as you consoled J.T. Barrett when he was injured this afternoon in your game against the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State- Michigan game is important, but it pales in comparison to the humanity you displayed during that moment.
As I think you know, J.T. Barrett has been an inspiration to the Buckeye squad this season, coming in as he did when Braxton Miller was injured. He’s preformed with maturity and poise well beyond his years. I suspect it’s been guys like you who have been his role models.
You are an extraordinary young man and your example of sportsmanship and true humanity to thousands of young (and older) people this afternoon was, in my opinion, worth far more than any football statistics.
Thank you again for showing all of us how it should be done.”