Dream come true

Illinois linebacker Ellington ready to take big stage at Ohio State

Originally Published: September 23, 2009
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Illinois sophomore linebacker Russell Ellington can remember watching plenty of televised Ohio State games at the Horseshoe while growing up in suburban Chicago. It's not that he was a Buckeyes fan; it was just the game that always seemed to be on.

"I had no choice," said Ellington, who preferred to watch Big Ten football over other conferences. Taking in all those games as a kid, Ellington did marvel at the size of the stadium and its atmosphere. He dreamed of someday playing in ...

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