He nearly quit football entirely. Two years into a sinking collegiate career — on and off the field — Corey Linsley considered switching to track and field at Ohio State.
The center even spoke with the Ohio State track coach. He was close. This seemed like a logical exit strategy.
One day in Columbus he met his father for dinner and the two discussed a switch.
Make this change, Jim Linsley told his son, and you're running away from a problem.
"You're better than that," he told his son. "That's like saying, 'Well, that didn't work out. Now, I'm going to go this route.' That's not how you handle life. That's not how you handle problems. You handle them head on."
So Linsley stuck with football, Urban Meyer took over the team, and Linsley matured into a team captain and first-team all-Big Ten selection. In Green Bay, the 6-foot-2, 299-pound Linsley has a chance to start. The three-way competition among Linsley, JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart should be a must-see, 12-round brawl this ...