Former Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman was clinging to his dream of being an NFL player a few years ago, but after being signed and cut twice and then signed again in a whirlwind six-month span, he knew he needed to start making plans for a career beyond football.
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Marcus Freeman File
Wayne High School: Four-year starter, two-time first-team All-Ohio linebacker.
Ohio State: Played from 2004-08, sitting out ‘05 season with knee injury. He was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2007 and ‘08 while finishing second on team in tackles both years.
NFL: Drafted in fifth round by Chicago Bears in 2009, released in September ‘09. Played on practice squads for Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans, retired in May ‘10 due to medical condition.
Coaching: Graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2010, linebackers coach at Kent State 2011-12, linebackers coach at Purdue 2013
Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (1-6, 0-3), noon, Big Ten Network, 1410