James Laurinaitis

Date of Birth
Dec. 02, 1986
Ohio State
248 lbs

James Laurinaitis


James Laurinaitis plays middle linebacker for the St. Louis Rams. He was a three-time All-American at Ohio State University and took home the Dick Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in 2008.

Early Years

Laurinaitis was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 3, 1986. His father, Joe, once fought as a World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestler. Laurinaitis starred on the football and wrestling teams at Wayzata High School, which is located on the outskirts of Minneapolis. After putting together an impressive football and wrestling career at the school, he received multiple scholarship offers and decided to sign with Ohio State University.

Ohio State University

Laurinaitis played early for the Buckeyes, playing in all 12 regular season games during the 2005 season. An injury to...