NFL Week 3: How Did All 36 Former Buckeyes Fare?
Through three weeks of the 2012 NFL season, we have seen a lot of exciting action, much of which has been brought on by former Buckeye football players. If the rest of the Ohio State faithful are anything like me, then they all look forward to each Buckeye saying “The Ohio State University” when they are introduced on Monday Night Football. 36 players who formerly donned the Scarlet and Gray have a chance to do just that this season.
Instead of thinking about the terrible refs, lets take a look at the best (and the rest) Buckeyes from week three of the NFL season.
Offensive Buckeye of the Week:
Santonio Holmes - 9 receptions, 146 yards
Holmes helped lead the New York Jets to a thrilling overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins in week three. He was really the Jets’ only true offensive threat the entire day. As Mark Sanchez’s most consistent target, Holmes is one of the leaders of the team and will have to continue to step up in a big way, which he has done over the past two weeks. This former Super Bowl MVP is the best former Ohio State receiver currently in the NFL.
Defensive Buckeye of the Week:
A.J. Hawk - 11 tackles (5 solo)
James Laurinaitis may have had slightly better numbers, but Hawk takes the prize for helping lead his team to a win. Of course the Packers didn’t technically win (thanks refs!), but they should have. A.J. Hawk has been a great player since being drafted in the first round in 2005 and continues to improve. On a tear early on in 2012, Hawk is arguably the best former Ohio State linebacker currently playing in the NFL.
All statistics thanks to ESPN.com.