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J.J. Watt is now a superstar in the NFL, but it wasn’t long ago that he was just a small-town kid from Pewaukee, Wisc., daring to dream of one day suiting up as a professional football player. Watt’s journey to stardom, a bumpy road that didn’t include any big-time college scholarship offers as a senior in high school, has given him perspective.
David Merritt knows a little bit about hard work paying off.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway knows about playing thru pain. The former Iowa Hawkeye has been playing with a fractured wrist during the 2013 NFL season, but he has remained the heartbeat of the Vikings’ defense.
If football players at The Ohio State University need an example of the rewards of giving back, they need to look no further than two of their coaches.
Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog.
Roger Powell Jr. capped off his collegiate career in style at the Final Four.
What began as a summer project for Northwestern senior softball star Marisa Bast has quickly become a community-changing program.
Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.
At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.
Tonight, college football’s most elite club will welcome a new member when the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy is named.
In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease.
When the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced this week, predictable pop stars like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Macklemore were among those who made headlines for their selections. Who else made the acclaimed list? None other than Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Wayne Wallace and IU sound media historian and producer Patrick Feaster.
A decade ago, Doris Buffet – Warren Buffet’s older sister – started the Learning by Giving Foundation. Her goal was to teach a new generation about philanthropy though experience, providing young people with the opportunity to learn about charity and make a financial impact on a worthy cause.
Funny how some of the most important moments in life go by in the blink of an eye.
Though he hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2006, Purdue-grad Mike Alstott is one of the most beloved players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.
These days, the average career of an NFL player is less than four seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. A kicker from Michigan State nicknamed “The Great Dane” spent an unheard of 25 seasons employed by the NFL and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.
In the coming weeks, students on every campus in the Big Ten Conference will return home for the holidays. The idea of returning home, whether it’s at the end of the calendar year or the conclusion of a student’s collegiate career, is one that often brings mixed emotions.
In the United States, 22 percent of children under the age of 17 live in poverty, 36 percent live in single- or no-parent households, and 46 percent live in inadequate housing. Former University of Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson was once a textbook example of the large number of underserved youth in this country.
On the football field, Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien’s collegiate career will be remembered for its consistency. He is now the university’s all-time scoring leader, and on Monday he was named the 2013 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year.
Today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, is the second annual #GivingTuesday, a national day to kick off “giving season.” People all over the country will take a moment in the midst of their holiday spending to give time or money to those in need.
Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability.
Today, the Ohio State Buckeyes will try to finish the regular season undefeated for a second consecutive year when they play “The Game” in Ann Arbor. For one young fan, a few moments of camera time on the scoreboard at Ohio Stadium, earlier this year, made the 2013 season one he’ll never forget.
For 20 years, Xiao Cheng Zeng has been leading innovative research at Nebraska. Earlier this month, he was recognized by the one of the oldest scientific societies in the world.
At the start of the 2013 NFL season, Dollar Shave Club announced a season-long initiative to promote its new male hygiene product, “One Wipe Charlies,” that broke from the football-advertising norm of featuring popular quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in ads.
As Iowa prepares to face Nebraska this weekend, Kirk Ferentz will be extra focused on the important rivalry game. Representing the University of Iowa well, on and off the field, is something Ferentz stresses with all of his players, and it’s something he practices as much as he preaches.