Ohio State football players and coaches paid a special tribute to Stefanie Spielman during their annual clash against Michigan on Saturday.
Spielman, the wife of ex-Buckeye Chris Spielman, died Thursday after an 11-year battle with breast cancer.
A sticker, with Spielman's initials and a pink Buckeye leaf, was placed on each player's helmet. Coach Jim Tressel wore the sticker on his signature sweater vest, 10TV's Dan Fronczak reported.
Players and coaches said that her loss was a great one.
"We talked going into the game that the toughest team wins in this game," Tressel said. "If we could be half as tough as Stefanie, we'd have a chance."
"I feel bad for Mr. Spielman but I'm sure he knows he has God on his side," said junior linebacker Brian Rolle. "He's a very religious guy. I know that she's in a better place. She had a long fight."
Tressel said he and the team discussed the impact Stefanie Spielman had on both the Columbus and Ohio State communities.
"When we get back home and have a chance to reflect a little bit, we need to send some love the Spielman's way," Tressel said.
Public calling hours for Stefanie Spielman are scheduled for Monday from 1-8 p.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House, located at 2200 Olentangy River Road.
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