C.J. Stroud Makes Large Donation to Ohio State NIL Collective

Last Updated on January 29, 2024

Houston Texans quarterback and former Ohio State football player C.J. Stroud became the pro alumni to donate to THE Foundation, a name, image, and likeness collective that supports OSU football and basketball. THE Foundation was founded by former Buckeye quarterback Cardale Jones.

Although the size of the donation has not been disclosed, Stroud has received the title of “Platinum Donor,” which is designated for those that give $50,000 or more. The gesture by Stroud is rooted in giving back to the collective that was instrumental in initiating NIL opportunities for him during his time at Ohio State. 

THE Foundation launched a fundraising campaign this past week, and by its conclusion, the board was willing to match the donation amount. Ultimately, THE Foundation raised $500,000 in donations, with Stroud’s contribution playing a major part.

Ohio State has been one of the most active programs in the transfer portal. The Buckeyes have acquired former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard and former Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins, as well as two notable Alabama transfers in safety Caleb Downs and quarterback Julian Sayin.

Stroud is coming off one of the most remarkable rookie seasons by a QB in the history of the National Football League. The former Big 10 signal-caller threw for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns and is considered the frontrunner for the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. On the other hand, the Buckeyes are due for a bounce-back season in 2024. The team finished 11-2 in 2023, ending its season with a loss to fell Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. Having the talent on campus to compete in the newly formed Big Ten, now featuring Oregon, Washington, UCLA, and USC, will be essential.

We can expect the new additions to the Buckeyes to make an immediate impact on the field and be a part of THE Foundation’s initiatives off the field. 

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