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The Animal in Him
Austin Murphy
August 19, 2008
Hungry for BCS redemption, James Laurinaitis returns to lead the Ohio State defense once more
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August 19, 2008

The Animal In Him

Hungry for BCS redemption, James Laurinaitis returns to lead the Ohio State defense once more

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The rational, practical, lucrative decision awaiting him after last season's final game looked like a no-brainer. But with the NFL beckoning, Laurinaitis turned his back on guaranteed millions. For now.

"I just didn't feel like leaving my teammates," he says. "These are guys I came in with, the guys I've gone to battle with. None of us take for granted how special this place is, or how much Ohio State fans love their football. In the end, it turned out to be something we weren't ready to leave."

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