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Late Brother Inspires OSU's Bogard

Eamon Queeney/Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State freshman safety Devan Bogard had a rough summer. His older brother died of bone-marrow cancer on June 27, and the Cleveland Glenville grad took it hard.

Ramone Ashby’s death came on his younger brother’s 18th birthday. He was 22 years old.

“I knew one day I was going to lose him,” Bogard said. “He had cancer for six years. But it still wasn’t easy. We were very close.”

Ashby taught his younger brother how to play football, even though he wasn’t much of an athlete. He cheered and encouraged him, helped and supported him, pushed and prodded him, and now he was gone.

But this is where a sad story starts to stray from the script. A distraught Bogard didn’t lose focus after his brother’s death, but seems to have gained it. He didn’t slack off during workouts, but worked...

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