Over his tremendous four-year career with Ohio State, quarterback J.T. Barrett received several honors. Even after Barrett’s last game in a Buckeyes jersey, he is still winning awards.
Ahead of the 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Barrett was announced as the recipient of the game’s Pat Tillman Award. The award — which celebrates a player’s achievements and conduct on and off the field — is given to the player who best demonstrates sportsmanship, intelligence and service.
The game’s motto is “More than just a game,” as it supports Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Barrett began his Shrine Game experience by visiting the hospital and spending time with the children.
Barrett, who will play on the East team on Saturday, also spent his week practicing with his teammates and East head coach Jonathan Hayes, who is also the tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten titles and set a school record with 38 victories in his 44 games. In addition, Barrett currently holds 34 Ohio State records and five Big Ten marks. His 147 total touchdowns is a Big Ten record and is fourth in NCAA football history.
The award is named for former NFL player Pat Tillman, who left his professional football career to serve in the U.S. Army in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Tillman died while serving, but his service and sacrifice have not been forgotten.
The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college football all-star game, was first played in 1925. The 2018 contest will kick off at 3:07 p.m. ET Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be on the NFL Network.