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Former Buckeyes cashing in on popularity

Updated: February 20, 2006, 5:36 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The 13 markers lined up next to A.J. Hawk during a recent appearance at a suburban Columbus mall were a testament to a perk that comes to Ohio State football players leaving their alma mater -- and their college eligibility -- behind.

Autograph signings, which have boomed since the Buckeyes won the 2002 national championship, can earn popular senior players thousands of dollars after the season ends, The Plain Dealer reported Sunday.

Underclassmen who get paid ...

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