12 May 2012
Andrew Sweat, former Ohio State linebacker and undrafted free agent, has decided against an NFL career after signing with the Cleveland Brown immediately after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft. Sweat was a no-show on Friday for the Browns' rookie mini-camp, and reports have him wanting to pursue law school as the next chapter of his life. He was accepted to multiple law schools before Cleveland signed him back on April 28th.
When camp opened on Friday in Berea, OH the Cleveland brass expected 37 total participants to take the field. But when Friday morning arrived, only 36 showed up. The Browns were unaware of Sweat's planned absence until they realized he had not shown up. Pat Shurmer later said, "Andrew Sweat is not at camp and has decided not to play."
The Washington, PA native and recent Ohio State graduate has a degree in finance from Ohio State's prestigious Fisher College of Business. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
While the decision may be a surprise to those of us who can't play in the NFL, there's no denying Sweat's focus and success academically. He also battled injuries his senior year as a Buckeye that included a concussion and an injured elbow.
We wish Andrew all the best of luck and will always support him as a Buckeye who was a great representative of the university both on and off the field.
Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland beat writer for the Plain Dealer, posted this to Twitter on Friday afternoon: