Urban Meyer has coached hundreds of players ever since he was hired as Ohio State’s coach in 2011. However, the Ohio State football coach claimed that former Buckeye and current Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elfien is one of the greatest to ever wear an Ohio State uniform.
Elflein recently returned to his alma mater to participate in Ohio State’s Real Life Wednesday program. In this program, former Ohio State players and other professionals share real-life experiences with current Ohio State players in order to help them with their futures, both on and off the football field.
Ohio State released a video on Twitter on Wednesday that included Elflein talking about the Real Life Wednesday program as well as his experiences at Ohio State. Meyer shared this video as well, offering praise for the former Ohio State captain.
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 22, 2018
“One of the greatest leaders and MEN to ever put on the Scarlet & Gray! @elflein65 — what a rookie year and a Buckeye for life!!”
In the video, Elflein discussed what being a Buckeye meant to him.
“When I stepped foot in this room, in this facility, being a Buckeye, [I] immediately felt a huge responsibility to uphold the standard that has been set here before us,” Elflein said. “Being an O-lineman is something more than just a position, it’s an awesome brotherhood to be a part of.”
In his career at Ohio State, Elflein was a staple on the team’s offensive line. He was a big part of the 2014 National Championship-winning team, and was the winner of the 2016 Rimington Award. Elflein was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, and helped the team capture the NFC North crown.
“Playing here has prepared me for the NFL in every way possible,” Elflein said on his time at Ohio State. “Just the amount of talent we have here at Ohio State is incredible. All the lineman that get drafted from here go out and they start as rookies and play really well, and that’s just a testament to this whole program.”