Andrew Sweat's AMA: Former OSU Linebacker Talks Law School, Concussions and More

By DJ Byrnes on February 13, 2014 at 2:20p

Former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Sweat took to Reddit today in an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA). For the uninitiated, an AMA is when famous people take to Reddit and answer the unfiltered questions of the masses.

After leaving Ohio State, Sweat signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. Before tryouts, however, Sweat reversed course, and in a decision to protect his health due to multiple concussions sustained through his career, he instead enrolled in Capital's law school. 

On Luke Fickell:

He is like a second dad to me. Loved him every since he recruited me out of high school. He was the main reason I came to OSU. In my opinion he is the best linebacker coach in the country. He is soo passionate and knowledgeable. In my opinion, he is one of the best coaches in America

On the heat FIckell has faced from fans:

If people could know what kinda coach and guy he is, I think people would leave him alone. He is amazing.

Why he chose Ohio State:

I went to OSU because it was close to home. The people The Tradition the Excellence... Loved coach fickell. Coach tressel was amazing. He truly cared about you both on and off the football field. I still keep in contact with him and he is doing well.

When he started worrying about concussions:

I started to worry about concussion my senior year. I had several. I think the NCAA should do more to protect the college athlete. There needs to be safeguards in place and they should be held accountable. Especially with the amount of money they make off CFB.

If he regrets going to law school:

I do not... Always wanted to get a law degree and I think it separates you from the rest of the pack. My family has a large law firm and it was always the plan to take it over.

How he would deal with the rise of Sparty:

I would go back to the way OSU played football. Sparty beat us by playing tough nosed Big ten football. controlling the ball and playing great defense.. Tressel ball.

His pregame ritual:

I collected my thoughts independently. I didn't listen to any music. Off the field I was a laid back guy but when it became close to game time I turned into a psycho.

His favorite stadium in which to defecate:

Iowa because it had a pink bathroom.

Would he rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

I would rather fight 1 horse sized duck.

His most memorable moments at Ohio State:

The most memorable moments were winning the Rose bowl and Sugar bowl. I had a few memorable stops against Wisconsin. Both were 4 @ 1 plays. Stuck Montee Ball on both of them.

On the legal ramifications of emerging science about brain damage to football players:

I believe college athletes need to be taken into account. There is no protection for the college athlete. The NFL protects their players especially with the concussion judgment. Football is a violent game and injuries will occur but the college athlete's injuries that potential may affect the rest of their life should be addressed.

On how hard it was to set aside football due to concussions:

I miss the game a lot. It is tough sitting in law school with the rigors it brings. My friends are still playing in the NFL and it is tough. It was such a significant part of my life and feels weird to not have it anymore.

Favorite/worst stadium to play in:

Camp Randall and Beaver stadium were great venues. Always dreaded going to Purdue hence why we lost twice in my career there.

The full interview can be found here.


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Barnsey69's picture

Great example of why OSU is more than just football...go get em Matlock!

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Buckeye06's picture

Fire Sweat!  He likes Fickell too!

I always feel like the players really did love Tressel so much, and whenever they are asked about him, they gush about how great he is

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d5k's picture

If we had a few more Andrew Sweats on last year's team let alone some Laurinaitis/Hawk/Carpenters, that defense would've been a bit different in my estimation.  

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JakeBuckeye's picture

That's because Tressel is the best, seriously. No one can ever top him for me.

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I have been Tressel for halloween 9 year in a row

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darbnurb's picture

Bet you scared every Michigan fan!

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mc22's picture

I think this upcoming year we will see the best of both worlds - an aggressive offense AND and aggressive defense.  I don't think we have to go back to tressel ball.  I never thought punting was that important.

This year should be fun football to watch.

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gm3jones's picture

I would faver a more aggresive team, but didn't mind "Tressel ball" that much. As long as they are consistent in what they do I am on board with either.

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AndyVance's picture

Really enlightening (and encouraging) to hear a Buckeye great speak so highly of Coach Fickell. I realize it doesn't jive with the predominant fan-generated meme, but a player's perspective is a much different thing.

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Baroclinicity's picture

And the player perspective is what matters.  Not ours!

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Earle's picture

It just has to be the concussions talking. I mean, he seriously can't know more than legions of fans and their intimate knowledge about the inner workings of the coaching staff. 

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Nutinpa's picture

From what I have read, the kids said great things about Jim Bollman, too, Andy.  And so did their parents as I recall a post on another site written by (and I think it was authentic) Mike Brewster's mom when she had read enough of the bile directed to Bolls.

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I don't necessarily think there is a conflict between what he says about Fickell and what many critical fans say.  They are talking about 2 different things.  He is saying Fickell is a great guy who is passionate about what he does.  Almost unanimous agreement on that point.  It's possible Fickell is a great guy, passionate about Buckeye football, but isn't a good defensive coordinator.  

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CowCat's picture


There are many great coaches that have a great impact on players, and the players love them.

It doesn't logically follow that you are qualified to be the defensive coordinator of a top-5 TOSU team.

I wish Luke Fickell luck, but he will need to produce big time this year or he's gone.

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sharks's picture

100 duck sized horses would be terrifying

A man got to have a code...

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DJRoss926's picture

A horse-sized duck wouldn't exactly be less terrifying.

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BKshepherd's picture


Just go to the body, the duck doesn't have any teeth.....

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cplunk's picture

Yeah, but seeing a horse sized duck would make me think I'd been smoking quack.


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Hovenaut's picture

I think Ducks are lame no matter the size.

Or uniform combination...


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sbentz4's picture

Cplunk, that joke is so bad its good. +1

thekornidentity's picture

This question was answered when Jimmy Tatro did an AMA response for one of his videos, and his reasons why you would not want to fight one horse-sized duck should convince everyone. 


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Earle's picture

Horse feathers!!

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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gm3jones's picture

Thanks for the laugh, Cplunk.

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iamcbs's picture

You can tell it's the purgatory between the end of the CFB Season and Spring Ball. An Interview with Andrew Sweat, please!! "What was your favorite stadium to defecate in?" Are you serious? This is what it's come to for 11W? Luke Fickell is taking heat from fans, because we can all see. We don't need to know what kind of guy or coach he is to see the product on the field. If his boss says the linebackers aren't 'Ohio Stateish' isn't that a direct reflection of the man that coach's the position? This is 10 minutes of my life that I'll never get back, smdh!!

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pdan46's picture

I always liked Andrew as a player and as a Leader.  I also think that Fickell is a great LB Coach who was thrown into impossible situations.  He took over as HC after Spring Ball and with no authority to hire an OC or anyone other than Vrabel.  He had, essentially, no QB and his best 5 players were suspended for most (and some for all) of the season.  He still won 6 games and should have beaten Michigan if Miller had not overthrown the pass to Posey at the end of the game.  He became DC when Meyer took over but had no real talent to coach.  Several LBs were hurt and a number of them never played a down.  Bell was a washout.  Hankins, Roby and Simon practically carried the other 8 guys through the season.  This past season, he had very little experienced talent and Roby played poorly.  He still coached Shazier into an AA and Perry into a future B1G first or second team LB.  Grant, like Sweat, had so many concussions that we will never know how good he could have been.  I constantly complained that Fickell was not nearly aggressive enough last season on D and that he should have played several young guys (Mitchell, Johnson, Burrows, Conley, Bell).  But, let's not forget that for the most part, Fickell has had little opportunity to show what he could do as a DC or HC. And, despite that, he is 30-9 as a DC.

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bull1214's picture

he could have given a middle of the road answer about fickell and nobody would have thought much about it. the fact that he speaks of fickell in the same tone he speaks of tressel is something that shouldn't be overlooked.

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Spirit's picture

Take that negative nellies! Get on board, be a supportive fan of YOUR team! Remember, we DO NOT know more about this game than ones paid a little more than we make to coach it up!


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Seattle Linga's picture

Always great catching up with a guy that totally fell off my radar. Cheers to you Sweat - love you like a brother. 

Maestro's picture

Very cool, thanks for sharing it.  Seems like Andrew has his head on straight and will be a success at whatever he wants to be a success at.

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