CFL receiver DeVier Posey has penned a letter with four former Ohio State teammates asking for the program’s 2010 season to be reinstated by the NCAA.
Posey and his teammates were said to have sold game-worn equipment for profit, which was against strict NCAA regulations at the time. With a new set of rules now in place for college athletes who seek to monetize their names, images, and likenesses, the five Ohio State alumni are seeking change.
A copy of the letter was posted on Posey’s Twitter page on Tuesday.
The affirmation of NCAA athletes’ right to make a living from their name, image, and likeness is a huge step in the right direction. Armed with the correct resources and support, we know they’ll show what we felt to be true all along — not letting athletes capitalize on what ultimately is their hard work was unjust and unnecessary.
Now that fundamental right has been granted to a new generation of athletes. Now that they finally have the freedom to share in some of the millions of dollars in revenue they generate for their coaches, their institutions, their conferences, and the NCAA as a whole, we would like to see our hard won accomplishments reinstated.
Although this could never undo what we and our families endured for breaking rules that shouldn’t have existed in the first place, we believe reinstating and acknowledging the accomplishments of ourselves and our teammates would be a huge step in the right direction.
The 2010 Ohio State football team earned a 12-1 record, won a Big Ten Championship, won a Sugar Bowl, produced a top-5 career all-time passer (Terrelle Pryor), a top-5 career all-time receiver (DeVier Posey), and top-10 career all-time rusher (Daniel “Boom” Herrom), and an All-American (Mike Adams) all for it to be wiped unceremoniously from the record books.
We are calling for our school records and legacy to be restored so that Buckeye Nation can look at us with the same love and fondness that we’ve always had for them.
We look forward to one day telling our story and the Tattoo 5 forever being a legitimate part of Ohio State’s glorious history.
Daniel “Boom” Herron
Posey posted 53 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2010 season but had his performance wiped from the record books. He was a third-round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft and spent five years in the league before signing with the Toronto Argonauts in September 2016.
The 31-year-old has made 144 catches for 2,080 yards and 13 touchdowns as a member of the Argos, B.C. Lions, and Montreal Alouettes. He is currently a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.