For the eighth year, Goodyear honors the two Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic teams with intricately designed, handcrafted sculptures made entirely from Goodyear branded tires

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 27, 2023 – Today, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company welcomed The Ohio State University’s Brutus Buckeye and the University of Missouri’s Truman the Tiger to its elite lineup of larger-than-life tire art sculptures handcrafted annually for the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Collectively, these intricate, Goodyear tire-fabricated sculptures stand between six and seven feet tall and weigh 385 pounds. It took Blake McFarland, Goodyear’s commissioned tire artist and former minor league baseball player, 392 hours in just 19 days to handcraft these one-of-a-kind sculptures from more than 280 Goodyear-branded tires and 24,000 hidden staples.

This will be the first time Mizzou’s Truman the Tiger will be immortalized with a tire art sculpture commissioned by Goodyear. Brutus the Buckeye will be featured for a second time, with his first tire art appearance occurring at the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in 2017.

“We look forward to honoring both the Missouri and Ohio State football teams through tire art sculptures for the eighth year at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Ryan Waldron, president, North America Consumer for Goodyear. “First introduced in 2015, these tire art sculptures quickly became a fan-favorite tradition that celebrates the hard work and dedication that drove each team’s journey to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.”

The larger-than-life Truman the Tiger and Brutus Buckeye will serve as the centerpiece for many Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic festivities, including photo opportunities for fans, leading up to the game on Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The sculptures will be donated to their respective schools following the game for display on campus.

Goodyear has a rich history in college football dating back to 1955 when the iconic Goodyear Blimp pioneered aerial coverage over the Rose Bowl. Nearly 70 years later, Goodyear remains an iconic part of the college football landscape. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic hosts marquee matchups as a member of the New Year’s Six, the top bowl games included in the College Football Playoff semifinal rotation. The 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic marks Mizzou’s fourth appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic and Ohio State’s third appearance.

“Mizzou is proud to return to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic after an incredible regular season for Coach Drinkwitz and our student-athletes. It’s been an eventful year for Truman the Tiger, who earlier this fall jumped out of a plane and parachuted onto Faurot Field before kickoff against Tennessee, creating another magical moment for our 2023 season. We can’t wait for fans to arrive in Dallas and see Truman’s life-size tire art sculpture before we play the Buckeyes,” said Desiree Reed-Francois, director of athletics at the University of Missouri.

“We are excited and honored to be a part of this year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, and we look forward to seeing the one-of-a-kind tire art sculpture of our Brutus,” Carey Hoyt, Ohio State executive associate athletic director, said. “The Cotton Bowl experience is second to none and something that our team and fans will appreciate. Most of all, we’re looking forward to a great game against Missouri and the opportunity to finish our season strong.”

The No. 9 Missouri Tigers and the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes will compete against each other for the first time in a bowl game when the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic kicks off on ESPN on Dec. 29, at 8 p.m. ET.

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DECEMBER 27, 2023

Ahead of the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Goodyear continues its tradition of creating life-size tire sculptures of the participating teams’ mascots. The Ohio State University's mascot, Brutus Buckeye, constructed from 120 Goodyear-branded tires, reaches towards the sky at more than six feet tall and 185 pounds is seen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Goodyear)

Ahead of the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Goodyear continues its tradition of creating life-size tire sculptures of the participating teams’ mascots. At more than six feet tall and 200 pounds, the life-sized University of Missouri’s Truman the Tiger tire art sculpture is seen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Mizzou will compete against Ohio State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Dec. 29. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Goodyear)

A tradition since 2015, Goodyear honors the competitors of the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, University of Missouri and The Ohio State University, with intricate, handcrafted sculptures of their mascots made collectively from 280 Goodyear-branded tires by artist Blake McFarland are seen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Sculptures will be donated to the respective schools following the game on Friday, Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Goodyear)

In celebration of the drive and outstanding performances this season by the teams advancing to the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, life-sized sculptures of Missouri’s Truman the Tiger and Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye pose with the Field Scovell Trophy on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. The teams will compete in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Dec. 29. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Goodyear)

A tradition since 2015, Goodyear honors the competitors of the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, University of Missouri and The Ohio State University, with intricate, handcrafted sculptures of their mascots made collectively from 280 Goodyear-branded tires by artist Blake McFarland are seen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023 in Arlington, Texas. Sculptures will be donated to the respective schools following the game on Friday, Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Goodyear)