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Football Team Showers Grieving Anchor With Hugs

Ohio State Buckeyes honor Dom Tiberi, daughter

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – After a longtime sports anchor at a Columbus TV station lost his 21-year-old daughter in a car crash, the Ohio State Buckeyes did what they could to comfort him. Dom Tiberi's daughter Maria died on Sept. 17. That Saturday, OSU offered a moment of silence for her before its game, reports Deadspin, which calls Tiberi a "local legend." He returned to WBNS, where he's worked for 32 years, in an emotional segment Thursday. Then, Saturday, he returned to OSU to cover his first game since Maria's death—and that's where things really got teary.

After beating Wisconsin, player after player on the OSU team stopped while leaving the field to give Tiberi a hug. He's "visibly touched" by the end of the video clip capturing the moment, Mashable reports; it's been viewed more than 685,000 times. The Buckeyes also put black "MT" stickers on their helmets to honor Maria. "Work is therapy," Tiberi tweeted Sunday. "I love working for all of you! You all have made a huge difference." (Click to watch another uplifting sports video.)

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