Cardale Jones
Cardale Jones

Cardale Jones

By Cardale Jones, By Bill Rabinowitz


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB

Cloth, $30.00 (US $30.00) (CA $40.00)

ISBN 9781637275306

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2023)


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The inspiring story of an unlikely Buckeye legend, in his own words
In the days before college football’s first four-team playoff field was announced in 2014, there were doubts that Ohio State would even make the cut. The Buckeyes entered the Big Ten Championship ranked No. 5, and they were starting their seldom-used backup at quarterback. But by mid-January, the Buckeyes were hoisting the National Championship Trophy, led by that unlikely hero behind center: Cardale Jones.

Growing up in inner-city Cleveland as part of a large, athletic family, Jones saw sports as a pathway out. The ecstatic joy Ohio State’s 2002 national championship brought to his community made his goal clear: he would play for his home-state Buckeyes.

In this revealing memoir, Jones reflects on his path to Columbus, to the pinnacle of college football, and beyond. He shares the selflessness of his guardian, Michelle Nash, as life at home got rough during his high school years. He recalls meeting assistant coach Tom Herman for the first time while at Fork Union, cramming two years of recruiting into an hour-long meeting.

Author Biography

Cardale Jones was the winning quarterback on Ohio State’s 2014 National Championship team and went on to play in the NFL. He is the co-founder of THE Foundation, which helps Ohio State athletes use their NIL to promote charitable causes

Bill Rabinowitz has covered Ohio State football for The Dispatch since 2011. Before that, he covered the expansion Cleveland Browns (1999-2004) and Cincinnati Bengals (2005-07). He has written books on the undefeated 2012 team (Buckeye Rebirth) and the national championship 2014 team (The Chase).

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Columbus, OH
Join author Cardale Jones for a signing of his new book, 'Cardale Jones,' at The Ohio State University Bookstore in Columbus, OH.
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Bexley, OH
Join author Cardale Jones for a signing of his new book, 'Cardale Jones,' at Gramcery Books in Bexley, OH.
Cardale Jones ›
Columbus, OH
Join author Cardale Jones for a signing of his new book, 'Cardale Jones,' at Barnes & Noble Easton in Columbus, OH.