Kamryn Babb Overcomes Many Setbacks For “Magical” Moment
Ohio State wide receiver Kamryn Babb‘s injury history has been well-documented, so when he caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 56-14 win over Indiana, emotions flowed through the fifth-year senior and his teammates as they mobbed him on the sidelines.
“Where can we start? Head coach Ryan Day said after the game. “What happened in the stadium today was magical. This is why college football is so special. It’s why you coach. To see such a thing happen is one of the reasons.
“Hopefully there’s somebody out there that’s going through tough times that can see that as motivation to overcome because it’s one thing to see that moment right there, but it’s all the morning workouts he had, all the mornings waking up on crutches (that you don’t see).
” I’m happy for him and proud to have been a part of such a moment. It’s amazing to see someone overcome so many obstacles in their lives. I just can’t say enough about it because there’ll be great wins and there’ll be great accomplishments here at Ohio State, but that’s as special as I’ve been around.”
Babb has torn his ACL four times throughout his career, including ahead of his senior season of high school, as well as his freshman, redshirt freshman and redshirt junior seasons with the Buckeyes. Then, he suffered another setback during preseason camp which left him out of the team for nine of his first nine games this fall.
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Still, the two-time team captain and recipient of Ohio State’s Block “O” jersey, which honors late All-American and national champion Bill Willis, never gave up. When his number was called, he responded by grabbing his first reception and touchdown catch of his college career.
” I don’t know how words can describe it but, if I had to, (I’m just) thankful,” Babb said. “First and foremost, I am thankful for Jesus Christ. He is my rock, my Lord, and my savior. I am also thankful for my teammates. I’m also thankful for a supportive family who supported me when I felt like I couldn’t keep going.
” They would always speak to me, especially my parents. He’s always been there, he has always believed that I’m the greatest receiver in the world. Having him behind me means so much, and my mom, my whole family and teammates, I couldn’t be more thankful to have as many people as I do around me.”
After hauling in the pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback C.J. As his teammates ran to celebrate, Stroud , Babb fell to his knees in prayer. The celebrations spilled to the sideline as players waited to hug him, drawing a delay-of-game penalty for the point after attempt.
Babb made his way to his mom. was in the first row. She was emotional as she hugged her son , perhaps the best moment in college football. It will be a moment they, or anyone else in the stadium, will never forget.
“A moment like this, when so many people want to hug you, it kind of leans back towards the brotherhood and what really matters,” Babb stated. It’s more than a simple word to us. It’s the locker room guys and the coaches who make it possible. I’m grateful to be at the university and to be a part of this team. I tell people all the time I wouldn’t have changed a thing because the people make Ohio State what it is, so I’m just thankful to be a part of it.”
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