One of the more interesting and possibly more exciting stories from Ohio State's spring football was the return of Tyler Moeller to the Buckeyes. His return to the team will mean more depth to the defensive backfield, plus it brings an attitude that the team needs seeing as though Tyler loves to bring the hit and veteran leadership to the team that it desperately needs.
Moeller's return would also make for a great personal story as well as a great story of success and overcoming. You might remember that Tyler suffered a severe head injury after being assaulted in a bar last summer while vacationing in Florida. An incident that cost him the 2009 season, and put his football career in serious jeopardy. However, come time for spring practice 2010, Tyler was there.
He was cleared by doctors to participate in spring drills, although he was not able to be involved with any contact drills, which according to an article written on Buckeyextra.com by Tim May, coaches said they could tell clearly frustrated him, however just being there seemed to be a victory for Tyler, his teammates and his coaches. Coaches even felt that he looked good for what he was able to do.
Now comes the most trying part for Moeller. The part where he must wait between now and when fall practice begins in August, and the wait while the doctors have to decide whether or not he is in any condition to be making hits on people.
As a fan of the Buckeyes, the possibility of Tyler coming back really excites me. If you have read or know anything about him, you know that his attitude is exactly what you want from a football player.
As previously stated, he loves to hit people and even showed some signs during his time in 2007 and 08 when he demonstrated that he can make an impact. So the thought of seeing him again makes me excited for what should already be a deep team with big expectations and aspirations. There is also a part of me, a very big part of me that is very concerned for Tyler if should he end up coming back.
Tyler is of the belief that he is on schedule in his recovery process, and even tough a titanium plate was placed in his skull to help his chances of a successfully comeback, I cannot help but wonder if playing again is really the best case scenario for him. It is not only his football career that is at stake here, it's also his well being and peace of mind for the rest of his life that comes into play as well over the next few months.
Is it really worth it for him to risk being in a wheel chair or having other complications that could further dictate the rest of his life by going helmet on helmet with a hit, or having someone accidentally kneeing him on the side of his helmet and suffering a concussion as a result? It may seem far fetched, but it is not out of the realm of possibility either.
One thing that we do know is that by going to Ohio State, Tyler has a great supporting cast of pepole that are around him. Jim Tressel who I am sure will have a major role in this decision will be brutally honest with him about what he should do, as will the rest of his staff because they are known for looking out for their players. He will be in good hands regardless of what happens.
The possibility of seeing him comeback would be exciting to all of us, but there are also other issues on the table for Tyler as well. Whatever happens Tyler can be sure that he has a whole legion of fans that are pulling for him not only as a player but also as a person.