Happy Birthday, Woody Hayes!

Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes

February 14, 1913 – March 12, 1987

I was privileged to be able to have coffee with Woody in his office in The Ohio State University ROTC building. I was a freshman in the Navy ROTC program and he spoke with a couple of us about British Naval History before I headed out for a summer on a sub.

It was a privilege to meet him in person, shake his hand and separate the real man from the mythological football figure I'd constructed in my head from seeing him on TV every fall.

It was easy to see why his players demonstrated such love and admiration for him long after their days at OSU and on the gridiron were over.

When I think of "Coach", this is who I picture!