Former players are reacting on social media Tuesday following the news that beloved Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl.
Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to their third Big Ten title game on Saturday, is believed to be stepping down due to health reasons.
Those who played under his leadership voiced well wishes and praises to a coach that many said have touched their lives.
Congratulations @OSUCoachMeyer on one hell of a career! Besides my parents, you were one of the most influential people to touch my life and I’m appreciative of that ✊🏾 Go get that 🌹! #UrbanLegend #GoBucks @spinnershells @Nicki_07
— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) December 4, 2018
Tyvis Powell, who called Meyer a mentor, previously played for Ohio State and is currently listed on 49ers' roster.
Thanks @OSUCoachMeyer for an amazing 4 years at OSU. It was truly an honor to play for not only the best coach in America, but a great mentor as well. Take care coach. Salute #UrbanLegend #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/cxl3IwhJ9V
— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) December 4, 2018
Michael Thomas, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, said Meyer gave him the tools for success in his professional career.
Breaking News: Urban Meyer is retiring. Considering moving on to work with the Saints. Which is perfect 😂. Love you coach @OSUCoachMeyer I shed a tear everytime thinking about the impact you had on my life and many other individuals. You provided tools for success. 🐐 #GoBucks
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) December 4, 2018
The end of an era.
— jake stoneburner (@jake_STONEYY) December 4, 2018
Meyer was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles, according to the Associated Press.