The Football Fever: Little Animal turns the page from football to television


CHICAGO -- For the first fall in at least 12 years, James Laurinaitis is not heading to a training camp but a Big 10 Media Days instead.

The popular former Buckeye linebacker, who won the Butkus and Nagurski awards at Ohio State, is turning the page to a new career in television. He announced his retirement in April after eight seasons in the NFL, leaving the St. Louis Rams as the leading tackler in franchise history.

"I've always tried to prepare myself for that next stop," Laurinaitis told ABC-6 in Chicago at the recent Big 10 Media Days. "I'm too much of a busy body to sit around. I'm honored to get some work with the Big Ten Network. I've got a foot in the door. Now it's time to put my head down and start grinding."

Laurinaitis was a three-time All-American under Jim Tressel at OSU but knows your resume only takes you so far. "Kirk Herbstreit told if you know ball and truly live ball you'll be successful."

Laurinaitis will start his televison work in the BigTen studios

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