Pretorius Took Interesting Route To OSU
You would be hard pressed to find a player on Ohio State's football team with a more interesting background than kicker Ryan Pretorius. Pretorius, 25, was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa, played professional rugby in Europe and has now brought his big leg to Columbus. "I lived there since I was 3, so I call myself South African," Pretorius said. Kicker Gary Anderson – who has the most points in NFL history – is from the same area of South Africa (Durbin) as Pretorius. Anderson has taken Pretorius under his wing and is part of the reason Pretorius ended up at OSU. "I spoke to Gary once I got out here (to the United States) and he pointed me in the right direction," Pretorius said. "He kind of said, ‘If you want to make it big time, you've got to go a big college.' Luckily I had some friends and family in the Columbus area. That's why I came here and I'm just so happy to be here." Pretorius initially visited the United States on vacation and decided he wouldn't mind...
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