Andy Katzenmoyer among several former and current Ohio State football players graduating Sunday

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  • Andy Katzenmoyer
    All-American college football player, professional football player, linebacker

Twenty-three years after completing his college career at Ohio State, former linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer is getting his degree from THE same university.

For those of you old enough to remember, Katzenmoyer, or “The Big Kat,” was a freakish athlete that is one of the best to ever play linebacker at OSU. At 6-foot, 3-inches, and 260-pounds, the former Buckeye great ran like a 220-pounder and was one of the most intimidating players of his day in the college game.

He was the first Ohio State linebacker to win the Butkus Award and one of just two all-time along with another great linebacker, James Laurinaitis. Katzenmoyer was a consensus All-American in 1997 and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten performer who was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the NFL draft in 1999. He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2002, but his career was cut short due to a neck injury.

Now, thanks to the OSU Dept. of Athletics’ degree completion program, Katzenmoyer will be handed his degree, no doubt fulfilling a lifelong goal of his.

We say congrats to the Big Kat and the rest of the Ohio State graduates for completing something nobody can ever take away from them.

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