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Schlegel Coming Back to Ohio State
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After five years at the professional level, Anthony Schlegel is coming back to Ohio State.

The former OSU linebacker has been hired by the Buckeyes as an assistant strength coach, a university spokesperson confirmed to the-Ozone Monday.

The 29-yeard old Schlegel will join Eric Lichter, Jeff Uhlenhake and Troy Sutton on Ohio State strength staff. He replaces Doug Davis, who left to become Darrell Hazell’s new strength and conditioning coach at Kent State.

Anthony Schlegel
Photo by Jim Davidson
Anthony Schlegel

Schlegel began his college career at the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a freshman All-American in 2001. He was co-captain and all-Mountain West selection the following year, but decided to transfer to Ohio State, where he became a fixture at middle linebacker.

Playing between A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter, Schlegel recorded 166 tackles during his two seasons with the Buckeyes. He finished third on the team with 84 tackles as a junior in 2004—including 10.5 tackles for loss—and second on the team with 82 tackles as a senior in 2005. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection that season and played in the East-West Shrine game.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound linebacker was taken by the New York Jets in the third round (No. 76 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was released the following season, but caught on with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent the 2007 season, and even started five games. Schlegel was out of football again in 2008, but was drafted by the Florida Tuskers in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009.

Anthony Schlegel
Photo by Jim Davidson
Anthony Schlegel

He made 22 tackles for the Tuskers last season, but also started his own training company called Schlegel Hardcore Elite Training.

“My mission is to provide every NFL prospect with a life changing training experience. They will be transformed physically, mentally, and spiritually,” Schlegel says on his website .

“There is only one way that I train and that is hardcore. Your client will be pushed beyond their own limits and forged by iron, blood, sweat, and tears into a new, stronger, more physical, faster, and explosive athlete.”

Born in Iowa, Schlegel was a former high school wrestling state champion and junior national champion in Texas where he attended Highland Park High School.  He was also a 4A all-state selection in football, and set two world records for deadlifting in the 19-under bracket.

Many Ohio State fans will remember Schlegel as the player who started hunting wild boar hogs with a knife when he was 16 years old.

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