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November 8, 2013
The quarterback that almost...
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Justin Zwick leans back in his chair at the local coffee shop; a sense of frustration begins to appear on his bearded face. He takes a deep breath. He exhales.
"They actually said they weren't going to (take another quarterback)."He doesn't consider himself a "back-up quarterback." One of the best high school quarterbacks in Ohio history can't have that mindset. But it was a role he played for almost two years. So he feels a connection with Guiton, and roots for him when he gets to play.
"It's cool to see someone stick around for five years, work hard, work their tail off, and get a chance to go out and show that they can play," Zwick said. "That's the thing people don't realize. There's a ton of great athletes on Ohio State's team, but at quarterback, only one can play."
Life outside The Horseshoe
Zwick's moved on from his playing days. He had a stint in the Carolina Panthers' training camp after graduating from Ohio State, and played a few seasons of semi-pro ball in Columbus.
"I think it was (Maurice) Clarett that I heard say, 'You never give up football. Football gives up you.' I would still play to this day if I could. At some point in time, there's no more opportunities," Zwick said.
With a bachelor's degree from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business, Zwick landed a job as the director of marketing and client relations for a home health company in Columbus. He's engaged to be married in January, and met his fiancé at a country concert through the connection of his brother, Jared, who played at Youngstown State under Tressel. He has a few dogs, and plans on having kids sometime in the near future.
Zwick has stayed close to the game through various media gigs with Columbus' 10TV and a sports website, HuddlePass.com. Every once in a while, he'll think about his playing days and wonder what could have been if a few things had gone differently. Then he'll snap back. What happened, happened, Zwick says, there's nothing to regret.
But if Hamby had caught that pass…
"Yeah," sighs Zwick. "Yeah."
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