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LB James Laurinaitis (2x B1G DPOY, 2006 Nagurski, 2007 Butkus, 2008 Lott, 3x All-American, OSU HOF)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by BuckNutty, Nov 11, 2004.

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    Class act.
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    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Official release from OSU:

    James Laurinaitis
    Football (2005-08)
    James Laurinaitis is the most decorated linebacker in Ohio State history, a three-time consensus All-American - one of only eight three-time All-Americans in school history - who played on four Big Ten Conference championship teams. Twice he helped the Buckeyes to the BCS championship game and set a championship game record with 18 tackles in the 2008 title game vs. LSU.

    Laurinaitis is one of only three players in the history of the Big Ten Conference to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year twice, and he is the only Buckeye to be so named. He won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's most outstanding defensive player as a sophomore, took home the Butkus Award as America's top linebacker as a junior and became Ohio State's first winner of both the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as a senior. He was a finalist 12 times for national awards during that three-year period. Leading Ohio State in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior, Laurinaitis finished his career with 375 total tackles, seventh-best in Buckeye history. He was a two-time team captain for a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense in 2007 and was among the Top 15 defenses nationally every year he played. He was unbeaten in games vs. Michigan (4-0) and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

    Laurinaitis, a 2009 Ohio State graduate with a degree in communications, was drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Rams and was the organization's all-time leading tackler after seven seasons with the club. He also played one season with the New Orleans Saints.
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    The university announced Monday that that the 10 new members, headlined by former football standout James Laurinaitis, will be inducted at a dinner Sept. 7 at the Ohio Union. The class of 2018 will then be honored at halftime of Ohio State’s football game against Rutgers the following day.
    Laurinaitis played for the Buckeyes from 2005-08 and was a part of four Big Ten title teams. He is one of only eight three-time All-Americans in school history and played in a pair of BCS title games at linebacker for Ohio State. He announced his retirement from the NFL in April of 2017 and is co-host of "Bishop and Laurinaitis" on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.

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    Laurinaitis joins FOX Sports college football broadcast team
    By PATRICK MURPHY 15 hours ago

    Some professional athletes have a tough time figuring what to do after they retire from their spot. James Laurinaitis is not an example of those athletes. The former Ohio State linebacker finished an eight-year NFL career in 2016 but it didn't take him long to figure out what he would do next.

    Just months after announcing his retirement in 2017, Laurinaitis signed on with the Big Ten Network as an on-air personality. Last year, Laurinaitis was in studio, helping to break down college football games for the Big Ten Network. This summer, he joined longtime television and radio host Beau Bishop as part of a new morning show on Columbus sports talk radio's 97.1 The Fan, Bishop and Laurinaitis.

    Now the linebacker is taking the next step in his post-football career as he is set to call select games during the 2018 college football season for FOX Sports, which owns the Big Ten Network. Laurinaitis will pair with a rotation of play-by-play announcers to provide insight to games throughout the year FOX Sports announced this week.

    Laurinaitis' adventure into calling games for FOX Sports will begin on the first weekend of college football. Alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Chris Myers, Laurinaitis will call Arizona State's home opener against the University of Texas at San Antonio. This will mark the beginning of the Herm Edwards era for the Sun Devils and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 PM ET.

    While this will be Laurinaitis' first game on FOX Sports, it will not be the first game he is a part of the call for in the 2018 season. Laurinaitis, as he has recently discussed on Bishop and Lauriniaitis, will be part of the broadcast crew for his home-state Minnesota's opener against New Mexico State on Thursday, Aug. 30. This game will air on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET.

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    So pumped for James... He was such a good player on and off the field for OSU. Now that he's done playing he is a star in the making for broadcasting.

    I honestly think once Corso hangs it up that his next replacement could be James.
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    Anyone familiar with James Laurinaitis’ Ohio State career knows he had established himself among the Buckeyes’ all-time greats long before his induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night.

    One of only eight three-time All-Americans in Ohio State history, Laurinaitis’ name already stood alongside the likes of Chris Spielman, Randy Gradishar and Tom Cousineau as one of Ohio State’s greatest linebackers ever.

    At one time, though, Laurinaitis was just a three-star recruit from Wayzata, Minnesota, who wasn’t sure whether he would ever see the field for the Buckeyes.

    With that in mind, Friday night’s recognition was special for the man who held the nickname “Little Animal.”

    “It’s extremely humbling, when you think about all the athletes that have been through here,” Laurinaitis said before Friday night’s ceremony. “Gosh, you can go through the football guys and just be impressed, but when you think about all of athletics, and to be included in that Hall is what just humbles me the most.”

    Laurinaitis, who played for the Buckeyes from 2005-08, was one of 10 Ohio State sports legends inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night. Laurinaitis was joined by Richard Bruggeman (men’s track and field, 1967-70); Cassie Dickerson (women’s soccer, 2008-10); Greg Drown (rifle, 1981-84); Linda Haussener (field hockey, 2005-08); Ray Hupp (men’s track and field, 1969-71); Bryan Koniecko (men’s tennis, 2006-09); Mike Pucillo (wrestling, 2007-10); Jerry Welsh (men’s hockey player, 1970-73; coach, 1976-95); and Brandon Wynn (men’s gymnastics, 2008-11).

    New Ohio State Athletic Hall of Famers (from L-R) Brandon Wynn, Ray Hupp, Cassie Dickerson, James Laurinaitis and Bryan Koniecko during the singing of Carmen Ohio.

    During his induction speech inside the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union on Friday night, Laurinaitis expressed his gratitude to the people who helped him become a Hall of Famer – including his family, coaches and teammates – and said he is still grateful that he chose to become a Buckeye.

    “The best decision I ever made was choosing Ohio State,” Laurinaitis said.

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