Animal goes bowling

Animal goes bowling

While the 41-14 outcome of last night's BCS National Championship Game was disappointing for the Ohio State faithful, proud father Joe Laurinaitis, a.k.a. Animal, couldn't be prouder of his Buckeye son's efforts. The former Road Warrior played the role of anxious father Monday, as his son James led the No. 1 ranked Ohio State defense into battle against the Florida Gators in front of a capacity crowd in Glendale, Ariz.

"The final score was obviously a disappointment, but I couldn't be prouder of my son right now," said Laurinaitis. "James can hold his head high right now. He played his heart out. He had something like 20 or 25 tackles and proved that he is one of the best linebackers in the country. He has nothing to be ashamed of."

As the leader of the Buckeye defense, James Laurinaitis emerged as the nation's premier defender, and was awarded as such with the prestigious Bronko Nagurski Award. That award, combined with his courageous performance in the National Championship game left his intimidating former World Tag Team Champion dad in a humble position following the game.

"It was a great experience, this whole year has been great for us," said Laurinaitis. "You couldn't ask for a bigger stage for your son to perform on. He was phenomenal all year and I couldn't be prouder."

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