Former Wisconsin standout and current NFL superstar J.J. Watt surprised his soon-to-be retiring fourth grade teacher Monday morning. Mrs. Keith, who Watt called "one of my favorite teachers of all time," is retiring at the end of the year after 41 years.
Tom Brady (Michigan) had a night for the ages, while James White (Wisconsin) had the performance of his career to help New England erase a 25-point deficit en route to claiming a 34-28 overtime win.
The 2017 Pro Bowl was Sunday night, and the AFC got the best of the NFC, 20-13, in a surprisingly low-scoring all-star game. Former Purdue stars Drew Brees and Cliff Avril highlighted the Big Ten, with the former tossing the NFC’s lone touchdown and the latter registering a sack. To be honest, there weren’t a lot of stats from this one. Here’s how Big Ten names fared, though. OFFENSE Drew Brees (Purdue), NFC: 10-19, 112 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), NFC: 14-20, 158 yards, 1 INT Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State), NFC: 8 car., 20 yards; 1
The Super Bowl LI matchup is set, and thirteen former Big Ten stars are listed on the active rosters for the New England Patriots (7) and Atlanta Falcons (6).
Monday was the deadline for players to declare their intentions for the 2017 NFL Draft. And the Big Ten saw 16 players declare. Seven of the 14 schools saw a player declare: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Le'Veon Bell was back at it Sunday night. One week after setting the Pittsburgh single-game postseason yards rushing record (167 yards), Bell bested his own mark (170) en route to helping the Steelers top Kansas City, 18-16, and advance to the AFC championship game.
The New England secondary has a Rutgers feel to it, to be sure. In Saturday's playoff win it was even more so, as Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan all intercepted one pass.
Le’Veon Bell or Ezekiel Elliott? Regardless of one’s choice for the NFL’s top running back (both starred in the Big Ten, by the way), Bell put on an absolute show Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh’s easy AFC Wild Card victory over Miami. The former Michigan State standout ran for a Steeelers’ franchise single-game playoff record 167 yards, to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Bell, who totaled 1,884 yards and nine touchdwons in the regular, and Pittsburgh travel to Kansas City next week. Ex-@MSU_Football star Le'Veon Bell does what he does in the NFL playoffs, too. https://t.co/018V1NyG0N (via @NFL) —
The rosters for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl were announced Tuesday night, and 11 former Big Ten standouts were selected to play in the event Jan. 29 in Orlando. New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan) highlights the Big Ten contingent, earning his 11th nod, the most of any active player.
Le'Veon Bell entered Sunday with 100-plus scrimmage yards in eight of nine games. The former Michigan State star eclipsed the 100-yard barrier long before halftime en route to compiling 298 total yards (!), including a Pittsburgh single-game record 236 yards rushing.