When on the field, Nick Bosa was extremely effective at Ohio State.

Not just because of the sacks, tackles for loss, forced fumbles, pass deflections, interceptions — you name it — but also because of the respect he garnered from opposing teams. If Bosa is forcing a double team upon himself, he just makes those around him that much better.

We all know this, though. That’s why Bosa could potentially be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But again, he has to be on the field to be the potential dominant force he can be.

That was the issue this season with the Buckeyes — he wasn’t on the field much. Due to an injury in the team’s third game against TCU, Bosa elected to sit the rest of the season out and have surgery and rehab after having a core muscle injury.

For Ohio State, it of course wasn’t ideal. The Buckeyes lost arguably the best player in the entire country. Their defense suffered because of it.

However, it wasn’t ideal for Bosa, either. He loved Ohio State. He loved being a Buckeye. And whether he goes No. 1 overall or No. 15 — that’s not likely — in the upcoming draft, he’ll always love the scarlet and gray.

He expressed his love for Ohio State in a letter on The Players Tribune on Sunday.

The entire letter can be read in the link above, but here’s how he concludes his letter:

And I’ll tell you what: It’s just the craziest thing, man, being a Buckeye.

This school, this city, these fans…… there really is something SPECIAL about Ohio State. I’m not sure what the exact right word is: spirit, pride, I don’t know. But even 2,000 miles away — even all the way out here in California. You can feel it.

It’s just there.

And I think that has to be one of the best lessons I’ve learned — both over these last few months of ups and downs, and during my amazing three years in Columbus.

That it doesn’t matter what happens, or when it happens, or how, or why.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the entire world.

Ohio State is forever.

And when you’re a Buckeye?

You’re a Buckeye.

-Nick

Ohio State and its fans will miss you, too. No doubt about it.