Former Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller announces his selection for the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame

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Earlier this week, former Ohio State QB/WR Braxton Miller announced he would be the newest member of the 2024 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame class. While the remaining members have yet to be announced, Miller announced via his social media accounts a video of his career highlights and a caption that read: “Blessed to have been selected for the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2024. Buckeye Nation, I will love you forever.”

Let’s take a closer look at Braxton Miller’s action-packed career.

An Ohio native, Miller found himself committed to Ohio State on June 3, 2010. As a true freshman, Miller would start the season as a backup, but would ultimately be named the starter in Week 4 against Colorado. He finished his freshman season in the top 10 in the conference in total offense with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards. In his second year, the Buckeyes brought in former Florida Gators HC Urban Meyer to fill the void left by Jim Tressel’s retirement.

Miller and Meyer led the 2012 Buckeyes to a 12-0 record, but unfortunately their season ended there due to a bowl ban. Miller passed for 2,039 yards and 15 passing touchdowns with 1,271 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. This was good enough for Miller to win his first Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year award. His junior season was once again filled with success after the Buckeyes once again finished with a 12-0 record. Miller continued to shine, throwing for 2,094 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 1,068 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Ultimately, the Buckeyes would lose the Big 10 Championship to Michigan State and then the Orange Bowl to Clemson. In the Orange Bowl, Miller suffered an injury to his pitching shoulder that would require offseason surgery. Shortly after returning to training, Miller redshirted a year later after injuring his opposite shoulder in training. This opened the door for QBs JT Barrett and Cardale Jones to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national championship title.

Entering the 2015 season, the Buckeyes had a tough decision to make at QB with a three-way battle heading into the regular season. Miller would eventually switch positions to H-back, joining a stacked WR room that included Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel. In his lone season at WR, he recorded 26 receptions for 341 yards, three receiving touchdowns, 260 rushing yards, and one rushing TD.

Miller left Ohio State as one of the most productive athletes the school has ever had, with 5,295 yards passing, 52 passing TDs, 3,314 yards rushing and 33 rushing TDs. Braxton Miller would then head to the NFL Draft, where he was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans. After two seasons, the Texans decided to release Miller. He returned to practice squads for multiple teams before ultimately retiring in 2019. Miller finished his NFL career with 34 receptions, 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. Braxton Miller continues to retire to Ohio, in September 2023 Miller unveiled the Springfield Sports Academy, a school focused on developing students academically and athletically.

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