With a football coach for a father, Chris’ love of football started at birth.As a shy 16-year-old, Chris was thrust into the national spotlight at a very young age.(Wide receiver) Joey Galloway was in here working out this summer. We had (cornerback) Will Allen back, we had (safety) Mike Doss back, (wide receiver) Drew Carter from the Panthers, you see these guys running with us, training with us, and you can really base yourself on how they train, and see that you’re training just as hard as these guys, so you just keep doing it. You don’t do as intense stuff and you may not do as much weight with hang cleans, and squats during the season, but you maintain with lighter weights and more reps.
His son was apparently meant to wear a helmet on Saturdays (and soon, on Sundays), hitting people in the mouth for a living.
So no one was really surprised after he won last year’s Bronko Nagurski award, given to the nation’s best defensive player, as a sophomore.
I try and model myself after him, just because he’s from here and I know AJ, we still talk on a weekly basis.
If you can model yourself after a true All-American, and one of the best linebackers to ever come through Ohio State, if not the best, you try and keep that relationship. I talk to (former Ohio State linebacker) Chris Spielman once in a while, get tips on different things, and you know (former Heisman-trophy winner) Eddie George has his restaurant right down in campus, so you’ll see Eddie from time to time.
The linebackers try and get one body part, maybe four different exercises for chest one day, then maybe four different exercises for shoulders, or back, switch it up each day as we go through, so we’re not doing too much to kill ourselves.