We recently got the chance to speak with former Ironton and Ohio State University great Marcus Williams, The Interview went as followed.
1. What was your most memorable game as a Tiger?
My most memorable game as a tiger was probably my junior year @ belfry. We had a couple RB’s injured and I knew coming into the game I was going to have to carry the load, and really up to this point I had not carried the ball more than 10 or so times in a game. Anyways, I came out balling and ended up rushing for like 125 yards and a couple td’s. This game definitely boosted my confidence as a runner and that confidence carried over through my senior year.
2. What was the toughest place you ever had to play on the road?
The toughest place to play during my time at Ironton was definitely The Burg. They get a lot of community support and Ed Miller Stadium was always rocking. The fact it was always the opening game of the year didn’t hurt matters either.
3. Who was the best player you played against while playing for Ironton?
I played against a lot of studs in my days, but one that sticks out is Tyler Clifford for Portsmouth. He was definitely a beast and always brought it when we played them.
4. What do you remember most about playing for Ironton?
Football at Ironton is an event. It’s like mardi gras for 3 months, every week was hype from tuesday through game time. You can’t get that anywhere else, football is truly a priority in Ironton.
5. What did it feel like to play in front of the Tiger fans?
Tiger fans are by far the hypest fans i’ve ever encountered. Tanks would be rocking every week rain or shine, hot or cold! If you couldn’t get excited to play in front of those fans you weren’t normal!
6. In what grade did you know you had a chance to play college football?
Going into my 8th grade year I started to realize that I had the opportunity to do something special if I continued to work hard and hone my skills.
7. What is something you learned while playing for Ironton that you took with you for later in life?
While at Ironton I learned that hard work alone will take you along way in life. There were several times where we beat teams that were more talented than us, because we would out work them. Not only would we out work them that day, but we were out working cats year around.
8. Why did you choose to play for Ohio State? What did you like most about Ohio State?
I chose OSU, because to me it was the collegiate version of Ironton. It was a prestigious program with a winning culture and represents the heart and soul of columbus.
9. What other schools were you interested in?
I drew varying levels of interest from numerous schools at varying levels. I had contact with Iowa, MSU, Indiana, N.Illionios, Marshall, WVU, Cincinnati, OU, Dayton, Robert Morris, Harvard, Penn, Oberlin, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia.
10. Who was the best player you played with or against at Ohio State?
Beanie Wells was by far the most talented individual i’ve ever had the opportunity to play with or against. He’s truly a man amongst boys even now at the professional level. When healthy he is an unstoppable force.