Michigan QB Devin Gardner Checks on Injured Rival in Amazing Display of Sportsmanship

michigan quarterback devin gardner sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship, in theory, should transcend even the most heated rivalries, but that doesn’t always happen.

It happened last weekend at Ohio Stadium, though. When Ohio State’s star quarterback J.T. Barrett went down with a broken ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner went over to check on and console his counterpart.

For context, in case you didn’t know, Michigan and Ohio State have one of the fiercest rivalries in college football. In fact, the rivalry is so big that their annual meeting is simply called the game. But none of that mattered to Gardner.

“You hate to see any player get hurt,” he later explained, “but especially a guy like that, a great guy. J.T. is a high-character guy, a hard worker who waited for his shot and was doing so well with it. I was sick for him.”

Thanks to the touching photograph you see above, Gardner’s compassion did not go unnoticed. The kid was lauded far and wide for his act of sportsmanship. He even received a letter from Ohio State University:

devin gardner sportsmanship letter

The injury to Barrett felt like a punch in the gut, and it’s still pretty hard to swallow. However, if there’s a silver lining to his situation, it’s certainly this.

Thanks for that, Devin Gardner.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]

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