Somehow, this decision was met by criticism from some, and Hubbard’s teammates have been quick to his defense on Twitter. Hubbard’s return was a privilege for OSU and the star running back battled injuries all season as some fans publicly wondered if he wanted to be there. Allow the rest of the team to provide some clarity — fellow Canada native Amen Ogbongbemiga in particular had a lot to say.
Obviously he didn’t have the year he wanted to and he knows that but to say he quit on his team is crazy.. he was going through a severe ankle injury that he played through just to help his team win— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) December 13, 2020
I’m talkin bout taking so many pain killers just to be able to go out there and fight with us.. he couldn’t walk during the day!— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) December 13, 2020
Ogbongbemiga mentioning the pain killers Hubbard had to take just to play injured is especially noteworthy. Hubbard could have tapped out a long time ago and saved his body for the NFL, but he continually gutted out a painful ankle injury in games against Kansas State and Oklahoma in particular where Hubbard was noticeably not himself.
Kolby Harvell-Peel highlighted that in particular.
Chuba couldve shut shxt down a long time ago, but instead he was thuggin thru shxt for us. All the “trouble maker” talk is lame. https://t.co/XOriytdTfn— Kolby Harvell-Peel (@kolbypeel) December 13, 2020
For anyone needing a better picture: Sacrificing an NFL career and millions of dollars to attempt to help an Oklahoma State squad win an Alamo Bowl (at best!!) is not worth it.
Came back to WIN and simply win instead of supporting his family. Just be mindful before you make a quick judgement on someone that you aren’t fully aware of their situation. Had a hell of a career to me ♂️— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) December 13, 2020
Marshall Scott of Pistols Firing Blog decided to write an entire piece on it... give it a read if you feel inclined, it’s a good one.
Chuba Hubbard should be praised for sticking this season out. Calling him a quitter goes against a lot of logic.https://t.co/hJHEFM2xUm— Marshall Scott (@Marshall_Once) December 13, 2020
Brendon Evers emphasized what Harvell-Peel had to say and one fan put some of the criticism in question into perspective. I’m not going to include any of the negative posts about Hubbard in here but check under some of Marshall Scott’s tweets if you’re looking for them. Most of it involved fans commenting about how Hubbard “quit on the team” which is plainly not true.
Twitter is not real life. 90%+ plus of fans understand and respect his decision.— Scott Gray (@WScottGray) December 13, 2020
Punter Tom Hutton detailed what a week looked like for Hubbard.
Hubbard finishes his career at Oklahoma State with 3,459 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. He led the FBS in rushing yards in 2019 and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back. Hubbard struggled to get going this season and battled through an ankle injury for most of it, finishing with 625 yards on the ground, six total touchdowns, and a career-low 4.7 yards-per-carry.
The Canadian speedster is one of the best running backs in the history of the school that has had plenty of outstanding running backs. Hubbard became the fifth Oklahoma State player since 1970 to receive Heisman votes, finishing eighth in voting last season. Three of the previous four OSU players to receive Heisman votes before Hubbard in 2019 were running backs — Terry Miller (1976, 1977), Thurman Thomas (1985, 1987), and Barry Sanders (1988).
There’s not much else to say except... Good ride Cowboy, good ride.