October 15, 2014
“Many complain about the daily grind,” Gussler famously declared in 2011. “I look forward to it.” This same central idea – to embrace life regardless of what is thrown at you – has carried on into college towns across the country thanks to Gussler and former Cardinals. Thanks to social media, following this trend has become easier than ever. GussStrong tributes have popped at a near ice-bucket-challenge rate. Class of 2014 Student Body President Jasmine Singh slides on an “OTS (short for one of Gussler’s favorite mantras: only the strong)” armband before her soccer games at Queens University in New York. Marietta College freshman basketball player Jenna Anderson shared that she sported a GussStrong t-shirt for her first collegiate athletic workout. Kegan Lanter, also of the class of 2014, will suit up for the Otterbein Cardinals in Gussler’s #15 on the baseball diamond this spring. Countless more have dedicated their collegiate pursuits to Gussler’s memory.