The author takes an in-depth look at Ohio State football legends
WILMINGTON — In his new book — “The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes; The Men, the Deeds, the Consequences, Volume 2” — author Mark Rea has expanded his list of legendary Ohio State Buckeye football players.
Rea takes a look at 50 other epic Ohio State football players and coaches and what made them so esteemed. From players like Fred Patterson to the Bosa brothers, Legends Volume 2 is full of stories of how these men became exceptional on and off the football pitch, some against the odds.
How did a baby found in a dumpster grow up to play for Ohio State and eventually play in the NFL?
Frank Moskowitz, the publisher of the Buckeye Sports Bulletin, said: “Mark Rea took his love of football from Ohio State, his love of writing and his love of research, stirred them and is became one of Buckeye’s leading football historians.
“In the age of the internet, anyone can look up numbers for any Buckeye or OSU team, but Mark is always able to find the story behind the story or a little-known fact that brings the stories to life. players and teams of the past.”
In 365 pages, Rea brings statistics, anecdotes and more to life to create fascinating and intimate portraits.
When asked why he wanted to write Volume 2, Rea replied, “Ohio State football history is as I knew eight years ago when I was writing The Legends Vol. I, that I barely scratched the surface of players and coaches. stories had to be told. Volume 2 is less of a sequel and more of an expansion of the fun, overcoming, heartbreaking, sometimes tragic but always entertaining stories of the men who played and coached the Ohio State Buckeyes.
For those for whom being a Buckeye is a family tradition, Rea’s book is a generational bridge, showcasing the people and players who have made OSU great over the past century. For those new to Ohio State lore, this is an introduction, a comprehensive guide to the greats. And for those who have always wondered why scarlet and gray, now is the time to find out.
Copies of “The Legends: Ohio State Buckeyes Volume 2” are available at orangefrazer.com. You can also call 937-382-3196 to place an order with the publisher, Orange Frazer Press.
The new Buckeyes Legends book is available from Orange Frazer Press.