Ohio State rides Justin Fields’ toughness, leadership to championship game

Immediately after Clemson’s James Skalski speared Justin Fields on New Year’s Day – we dress it up as “targeting” these days – Pablo Fields took a phone call. A friend of the family, a doctor, was reaching out to Fields’ father, bearing a scrap of cold comfort. “She said he should be fine, the spleen is on the other side,” Pablo recalled. Plenty of other internal parts were still in play, though. Who knew for sure what damage had been done by the kind of hit that reaches through the flat screen and knocks the breath out of a viewer? What was later revealed, after Justin emerged from the sideli…

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