J.J. Watt isn’t all that different from other guys his age. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten stars’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Turns out, the former Wisconsin star and current all-world NFL defensive end is a “Saved by the Bell” and Kelly Kapowski fan, too. Watt posted a picture to Twitter of him and Mario Lopez, aka “Slater,” following Houston’s 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; the text of the tweet read: “Bayside must have had a BYE week. #WhereIsKellyKapowski” Unlike other fans, Watt received a prompt response from Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Here it is: @justinjames99 I heard you
Former Michigan basketball player and current Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas is a man of many talents. The 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year can play basketball, obviously, but he also can do the weather in a pinch. Stuaskas got the opportunity to stand in front of the green screen while visiting Breakfast Television Vancouver on Wednesday morning. And, all things considered, he did pretty well. The best part? This moment was tough to top: “Fort, uh, what is that?” Stauskas asked, while delivering the current temperatures, listed in Celsius, about Ft. McMurray. “I’ve never heard of that before.” Stauskas
No surprise here: Tom Brady (Michigan) highlighted former Big Ten players in Week 2 NFL action, throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Watch the top Big Ten highlights inside.
It was a great opening week of the NFL season for former Big Ten players. Tom Brady (Michigan) started it off with four touchdown passes and Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) finished it with 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Former Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen notched the game-sealing interception to send the Atlanta Falcons past the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, in the teams' season opener Monday night.
Big Ten fans who spent the past few seasons watching Ameer Abdullah star at Nebraska won’t be surprised to hear that the rookie scored a touchdown on his first NFL carry Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View former Big Ten players on Week 1 active rosters ] Facing off against former Big Ten rival and fellow rookie running back Melvin Gordon, Abdullah ran 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown early in the first quarter of Detroit’s season opener vs. San Diego. In typical Abdullah fashion, he broke ankles, those of veteran safety Eric Weddle, on his way to pay
Last week, it was college football’s turn to kick off its season. This week, it’s the NFL’s turn. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Q&A: Wes Lunt | Big Ten Mailbag | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings ] The 2015 season gets started Thursday night, when former Michigan quarterback and defending Super Bowl champ New England host Pittsburgh. Before the season kicks off, I wanted to take a look at former Big Ten players listed on active rosters, according to NFL.com‘s team pages. In all, there are 188 former Big Ten players, not including Maryland,
If football season is nearing kickoff, it must be time for the latest Madden NFL player ratings. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Released Tuesday, Madden NFL 16’s ranking is Big Ten-heavy at the top, featuring two of the game’s top four players, while another is tied with six players for the No. 5 spot. Former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current Houston megastar J.J. Watt earned one of the game’s three 99 ratings, along with New England TE Rob Gronkowski and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, to pace the Big Ten. Ex-Iowa offensive
Someone finally had Frank Kaminsky try his hand at playing “Frank the Tank” from Old School. [ MORE: Frank Kaminsky interviews Will Ferrell ] In a recent CBS video, Kaminsky, the former Wisconsin star and 2015 first-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets, recited some of Will Ferrell’s top lines from the popular film. Kaminsky received plenty of help from former Wisconsin teammate Sam Dekker in the video, in addition to several other NBA rookies. Watch the full video in the tweet above.
Victor Oladipo sure seems to be enjoying his time working out with the United State’s Basketball Men’s National Team in Las Vegas. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Earlier this week, the former Indiana star and current Orlando guard hit this shot in practice. In an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night, Oladipo showed off the athleticism that helped make him an All-America in 2013. From the top of the key, the former Hoosier crossed over Michael Carter-Williams, drove the lane and threw down a one-handed posterizing dunk. As good as the ankle-breaking crossover and