Following months of speculation, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made the decision to step down from his position following the Rose Bowl game against Washington.

It is a decision that has drawn plenty of reaction around the country, with some of his former players chiming in on the situation. Among those is New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who took to Twitter to voice his appreciation for the impact Meyer has made on his life and the chance to play under him. (h/t James Parks of 247Sports)

“Every kid’s dream is to make it out, take care of their family,” Michael Thomas said on Twitter. “Urban Meyer countlessly provided that opportunity. I smile thinking about opportunities he provided for us. I’m just grateful I got to grow up in it. Many of the lessons, the reason we going to stay on top.”

Thomas spent three collegiate seasons at Ohio State from 2012 through 2015, where he was a part of the championship team in his final year. He spent all three of his years under Meyer and developed a strong bond with his coach on and off the field.

This Urban Meyer move was long in the making given he had come under fire for keeping around assistant coach Zach Smith, who had been involved in a domestic violence situation a few years back. The investigation into the matter led to Meyer being suspended for the first three games of the season due to his mishandling of the situation. It soon became evident that the job had become mentally and physically too much for him over this year, leading to his decision to call it quits.