Big Ten Icons: Charles Woodson

The look of bemused surprise on Peyton Manning’s face is one of the enduring images of that December evening in 1997. Manning was an All-America quarterback at Tennessee, the fresh-faced, well-spoken son of an All-America quarterback at Mississippi, the older brother of a fresh-faced, well-spoken future All-America Ole Miss quarterback. Given that pedigree, and an undeniably impressive four-year body of work that attracted reams of national publicity, Manning’s coronation as the Heisman Trophy winner was almost a foregone conclusion as the finalists waited out the vote on that Saturday evening at New York’s posh Downtown Athletic Club.

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Hall: Field Hockey Tutorial

BTN host Mike Hall loves to try his hand at new sports. A collegiate athlete he was not, Hall will try just about anything — and do so in front of cameras. Last spring, he went to East Lansing, Mich., in pursuit of trying to learn how to play field hockey. “The sport’s an anomaly to me,” Hall said before his tutorial. Obviously, Hall found out field hockey is anything but an easy sport. Watch Hall practice with the Spartans in this video.

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Rowing: Sights And Sounds

Rowing, without question, is an under-the-radar sport. For as little as the casual sports fan knows about the sport, it does provide Big Ten student-athletes with one of the more beautiful sanctuaries in collegiate sports. The sights and sounds rowers encounter on a daily basis out on the water are peaceful and calming — you name the adjective. Don’t believe us? Watch this fantastic rowing feature and try to tell us otherwise.

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