RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Hermitage star Curtis Grant finds himself on the biggest stage in college football on Monday night as his Ohio State Buckeyes battle Oregon for a national championship.
Grant's mother, Gloria, has seen him grow as both a player and a person, from the little league fields, to Hermitage High School, to Ohio State. She's excited to see her son on the biggest stage in college football.
Curtis takes the field not long after the death of his father, which took place in October, 2013, during his junior season with the Buckeyes. Grant returned to Richmond to spend the week with his family. Gloria would encourage him to return to Ohio State and finish school, adding that it would make his father proud.
Grant still keeps his father's memory in the front of his mind. 2014 has seen the senior tally the fifth-most tackles on Ohio State's team, and he also has an interception to his name. His efforts are not just being recognized in Columbus, but in his hometown as well. Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane says that as a role model, Grant is invaluable. It gives him somebody to point to as an example of a player who does things the right way, and have it pay off.
Gloria will be the first to say how proud she is of her son. She's in Texas for tonight's game, and says Curtis's father is looking down on her son with pride.
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