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.
You've probably heard it before, but former Big Ten stars Braxton Miller (Ohio State football) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana baseball) met on the gridiron in an Ohio high school playoff game. There's a shirt you can buy now, courtesy of the former, to commemorate the encounter.
Here's something amazing: Ex-Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, six months after undergoing what was thought to be season-ending knee surgery, has been named to the Chicago Cubs World Series roster.
There was cool sight on the field at Michigan Stadium prior to Saturday's game vs. Colorado. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, and ex-Michigan QB and current New England Patriots star Tom Brady played a little catch near midfield.