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Jaguars DE Jared Odrick Claims Penn State Parties Prepared Him For “Ballers” Scene

Jared Odrick made a name for himself on the field during his time in Happy Valley, putting his name on NFL radars, and eventually becoming a first round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Odrick has since moved on from the Dolphins, signing a lucrative $42.5 million deal ($22.5 million guaranteed) with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. Odrick has enjoyed a successful career bringing down opposing quarterbacks in the NFL ranks, but it seems football hasn’t been his only rewarding endeavor, as Odrick recently earned a cameo in the new HBO series “Ballers.”

“I was playing myself,” Odrick said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports, “so it wasn’t too hard to get into character.”

In the episode, Odrick is seen at a pool party, living it up as only an NFL star can.

“I’m shooting craps with a drink in my hand, and talking with women,” Odrick said. “I had four years to prepare for my role at Penn State, so it was awesome.”

As a prominent figure on campus during his collegiate years, it’s easy to picture Odrick enjoying what many would call the “ultimate college experience.” After all, Penn State does have a reputation for its party scene, which means it’s fair to say Odrick’s experience at Penn State prepared him in a similar vein as Oxford does a Rhodes Scholar.

Be sure to check out Odrick in his “Ballers” cameo on HBO, and tune in this season to watch Odrick give opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators nightmares.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]m.


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