Boeckman did not deserve to be booed

Matt HammondAbout every newspaper in Ohio has run a column this week about Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman getting booed by his home fans last Saturday. I might as well chime in, too.

In short, it was an embarrassing moment for the Buckeyes and their fan base. Boeckman led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title last year and a berth in the national championship game. Yet as he ran off the field after one of three plays he was in for against Troy, many fans booed him.

Like it or not, there is a perception nationally that Ohio State football fans are ruthless. Saturday’s booing incident certainly doesn’t help that reputation.

Boeckman has done nothing to deserve the taunts he received. Sure, he has struggled. He ended last year with tough games against Illinois, Michigan and LSU, and his struggles have carried over into this season. But that is not grounds for booing a college athlete. Especially one like Boeckman, who has always handled himself with class.

Even though he lost his job to Terrelle Pryor and was booed, Boeckman still was gracious enough to attend the postgame interviews against Troy. He should be applauded for that, not booed.