One football coach met another on Monday afternoon.

By the end, it was hard to tell which was more thrilled about meeting the other.

Urban Meyer and nine Ohio State players visited the Stecker Auditorium at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as they met with patients and guests who picked out gifts paid for by the Shelley and Urban Meyer Family Foundation, in cooperation with Kroger.

“Every player wanted to come down here,” Meyer said. “There wasn’t just enough room for everybody.

“I learned this in ’86-87 when I was here (as an OSU graduate assistant). Central Ohio is the most compassionate area I’ve ever lived in. To be able to give back and come down here and be with these families and these young people, it’s a dream come true.”

It certainly was for many of those the Buckeyes met. Nobody was more enthusiastic than Keith Warrick of West Mansfield. Warrick, 25, had open-heart surgery at Children’s as a newborn.

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“Life-saving,” said his mother, Ina. “He has had other issues throughout his life, and we just make the most of every day.”

Warrick has wanted to meet Meyer since the coach was hired six years ago. He finally got his chance Monday. Warrick told Meyer that he had won a national adaptive rock-climbing competition last year in Massachusetts and that he served as a football coach at Benjamin Logan High School in Bellefontaine.

Warrick certainly was in coach-mode on Monday. At one point, he barked at Ohio State defensive tackle Robert Landers, prompting Meyer to tell Warrick to order Landers to do pushups. As Landers complied, Warrick screamed, “1! 2! 3! 4! 5!” as Meyer beamed.

“His nickname is ‘Coach K.’ I can see why,” Meyer said.

“It humbles you,” Meyer said of Monday’s event, which has become an annual affair. “These families are so awesome.”

Meyer and players posed for pictures, signed autographs and helped kids pick out gifts.

Freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah said that director of player development Ryan Stamper asked for volunteers for the hospital visit.

“We jumped on it right away,” Okudah said.

“It’s very cool just to be here and putting a smile on these little kids’ faces,” freshman running back J.K. Dobbins added.

Rayne McCann of Canal Winchester was most excited to meet Meyer and All-America defensive end Nick Bosa.

“It means a lot because I’ve loved the Buckeyes since I was really little,” the 12-year-old said.

Rayne was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition in which joints are fixed or have limited range of motion.

“We do all of our physical therapy here and have had multiple surgeries here,” said Rayne’s mother, Leslie, who was a nurse at Children’s until becoming a stay-at-home mom recently. “It has become like a family to us.

“I think it’s amazing for them to give back, specifically to Children’s. Children’s does a lot for the community, so it’s nice to see the community giving back to them.”

Rayne picked out an Echo Dot as her gift. She had to explain to Meyer what the voice-command device does.

But Rayne didn’t hesitate when asked whether the best part of her day was meeting Meyer or getting the Echo Dot.

“Meeting Urban Meyer,” she said. “You can buy an Echo Dot. You can’t buy meeting Urban Meyer.”