Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was selected eleventh overall in the first round by the Chicago Bears in the 2021 NFL Draft Thursday night. The Bears traded up from the 20th spot in order to select Fields.

Fields started for two years at Ohio State and exploded on the scene in 2019 when he threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also added 484 yards rushing and another 10 scores. Last year in a COVID-shortened season, Fields threw for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games, completing 70.2% of his passes.

He leaves as arguably the greatest quarterback in Ohio State football history, leading the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoffs twice, including last year’s national championship game.

This is the sixth year in a row the Buckeyes have had at least one player drafted in the first round. Fields now joins Dwayne Haskins and Art Schlichter as the only three Ohio State quarterbacks to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Fields has been the constant subject of conversation on sports talk shows and social media for the last month because of how much nitpicking he endured from unnamed sources and talking heads. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day never understood the criticisms and spoke out often about how wrong the negative assessments were.

“When I think of Justin Fields, I think of somebody who got off the field against Clemson and for the next year just grinded towards getting back to that same situation and winning that game,” Day said back in early April. “Then we get here and the preseason gets cancelled, the season gets canceled. He doesn’t opt out and go to the NFL Draft. Some guys did. So, when someone says… I don’t know, I’ve heard all kinds of different things. I don’t know what people have said, what they haven’t. I read stuff on my phone. I don’t quite understand any of that stuff. Love for football? I mean there’s a lot of guys that opted out. I mean, are they saying the same thing about those guys who didn’t want to play? And then actually not only does he not opt out, he fights to get the season back. He has a petition. He goes on national TV and fights to get the season back.”

“And so all I know about Justin Fields is he’s been one of the hardest working guys, he’s one of the most competitively tough guys. Now when he sets his mind to something, he gets it done. So there’s been a lot of talk out there and I guess maybe they think they know him better than I do, but I know this: whoever is going to draft Justin Fields is going to get a great player and a great person. And when he sets his mind to something, he gets it done. And I just think the world of him and I’m just upset that some people would say that about him. The crazy thing about Justin, it doesn’t bother him. When I talked to him about it, he said let the people talk, because he knows eventually someone’s going to draft him and he’s gonna have to go play and all the talk goes away and then you just go prove it on the field. So, that’s what I have to say about that.”

Now that he is a Bear the nitpicking can end and the next step can begin.

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  1. [QUOTE=”Hypoluxo, post: 143036, member: 2282″]
    Seems like [USER=7]@Tony Gerdeman[/USER] had this one in the can. Like an old celeb’s obituary.

    The final Fields article.
    [/QUOTE]
    I did, but kept having to change the teams and numbers. LOL.

  2. [QUOTE=”Barr1, post: 143057, member: 1588″]
    Congrats tony
    [/QUOTE]
    Congrats to all of us. And to America.

  3. [QUOTE=”GoatLocker, post: 143118, member: 4787″]
    Bama could end up with 6 first rounders tonight…

    We gotta get better lol
    [/QUOTE]
    yeah they were SO much better than everyone else last season….

    I mean cmon….

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