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Joshua Perry's younger brother gives unlimited inspiration

Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry has extra motivation for his journey into the NFL.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

"Jahred's taught me a ton; how to face challenges, always keeping your head up and never taking no for an answer. People have told him ‘No, you can't do that,' or ‘No, you won't be able to do that.' And he's said, ‘I'm going to do what I need to do.' That's something that I take from him."

- Joshua Perry via Hayley Elwood, Chargers.com

Joshua Perry had a very successful career at Ohio State, becoming one of the key defensive playmakers on a national championship team. Now, after being drafted by the San Diego Chargers, Perry gets to extend his playing career into the NFL. And like many of the league's players, there's some extra motivation that goes beyond football for Perry to get the most out of his career, coming in the shape of his younger brother. Joshua's younger brother Jahred was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome on the autism spectrum at the age of nine and changed his family forever. Perry mentioned that a strong support system surrounding his younger brother was crucial in helping him as he grew up.

Though Jahred hadn't seen Perry play live on the college stage, the excitement was still there when Perry got drafted by the Chargers. Perry has been a great example of what to do with his position, as he's known well for his leadership on and off the field - look no further for vindication then being on the AFCA All-Good Works Team and being a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy last season. He continues to use his platform to raise awareness for autism and help his brother in any way that he can.

"I'm not quite ready to say Ohio State's Sam Hubbard is the next Joey Bosa. But Hubbard turned in a pretty good Bosa impression last year as a true freshman."

- Brian Bennett, ESPN

Josh Moyer and Brian Bennett have been breaking down which players will lead different statistical categories in the Big Ten in 2016, starting last week. The question this week was who would lead the conference in sacks. While Josh Moyer opted to go with Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley, Bennett chose Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard, who played as a freshman last season. Hubbard started off as a replacement for a suspended Joey Bosa at the time and filled in admirably. Almost immediately, Hubbard earned playing time even when Bosa was back, allowing for Bosa to get short breaks and still bring terror to opposing quarterbacks.

Now this season, Hubbard is locked in at one of the defensive end spots and will be looked upon as one of the key members of Ohio State's defense in 2016. Bennett's choice of Hubbard makes sense considering Hubbard had about 6.5 sacks last season for the Buckeyes. The sophomore defensive end is likely going to be garnering plenty of attention this season from opposing offensive lines, as they try and protect their quarterbacks.

"Logan native and Ohio State product Katie Smith was one of 11 former players named to the WNBA's 20 'greatest and most influential players,' a list generated as part of the women's basketball league's 20th anniversary season."

- The Columbus Dispatch

Former Ohio State women's basketball star Katie Smith was named to the WNBA's 20 greatest and most influential players on Tuesday. The shooting guard played for the Buckeyes from 1992-96, and helped the United States earn three Olympic gold medals in 2000, 2004, and 2008. Smith played 14 years in the WNBA and led the league in scoring in 2001, where she averaged 23.1 points per game with the Minnesota Lynx.

Smith was traded to Detroit in 2005 and helped the Shock to two league titles, in 2006 and 2008. She also played for several other teams, including the Washington Mystics, Seattle Storm, and New York Liberty. By the time she finished her career, Smith was the leading scorer in women's professional basketball history, an incredibly tremendous feat. The seven-time All-Star is now spending her days as an assistant coach in New York, still making an impact on the game of basketball.

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