Ohio State Football: C.J. Stroud is remarkable

The Ohio State football team took notice as its former quarterback C.J. Stroud dominated in his first NFL playoff game.
Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the first
Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during the first / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State football team and its fans should be very proud of their former gunslinger. C.J. Stroud took his first NFL Playoff game and absolutely dominated it from start to finish. Being a Browns fan, like many in Columbus and Ohio in general, this was tough to take, but Stroud deserves all the praise and recognition.

Stroud threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns with most of that happening in the first half as the Texans pulled away in the second in route to a 45-14 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns. But more than the states, Stroud looks the part of a franchise QB with his command of the offense and the respect of his teammates. He also says all the right things, saying this after the game via SI.com:

"It's been amazing being in this city for as short as I've been but the love that I've got, I've really just been doing it for Houston. I'm blessed enough to be in the position I'm in. Blessed enough to be playing at a high level right now, we gotta keep it going. But I'm super blessed."

C.J. Stroud

Stroud took the NFL by storm early this season and never looked back. His play, especially against good opponents has been noteworthy as he continues on his path to stardom. He took one of the NFL's best defenses and made them look slow and pedestrian yesterday.

And yes, we did get to see him do this with the Ohio State football program. His performance in the Sugar Bowl last year will go down as one of the best Buckeyes quarterback performances in a loss of all-time. But it's such a shame that Ryan Day and this Ohio State football team could not get over the top and win a national title with this guy. He's truly a once-in-a-generation type player.

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And while he hurt a ton of his fans from the state of Ohio yesterday, I think we all know that it's impossible to root against CJ. I'm sure Stroud has more great performances ahead this postseason.