Latest Big Ten Pros News

Video: Ex-Badger J.J. Watt visits leukemia fan

Is it possible not to like Wisconsin product J.J. Watt? Not after watching the video above. Watt, an NFL superstar who does as much good off the field as on it, recently reminded us how likeable he is. After hearing the story of a local leukemia fan who named the robot that goes to school for him “Watt,” the former Badger defensive lineman paid the boy, Cristian Beasley, a surprise visit.

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Photo: Ohio State product Mike Conley on SI cover

Sure is nice to be Mike Conley, isn’t it? The Ohio State product has the Memphis Grizzlies one win away from the NBA Western Conference Finals – a run that many analysts feel puts the point guard on the verge of stardom. Sports Illustrated is a believer. Conley is featured on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue, with the headline: “True Grit.”

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B1G product lands on most influential athletes list

The Big Ten is home to one of sports’ top 10 most influential pro athletes. That’s the case, at least, according to the latest surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research that ranks the most influence among U.S. fans. For the curious parties, the study included each athlete’s N-Score, Nielsen’s measurement for a player’s endorsement potential.

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How many B1G stars made Athlon's top 50 RB's of BCS era?

Pick an era, and the Big Ten boasts a steep collection of standout running backs. The BCS era (since 1998) is no exception. There’s Ron Dayne, Chris Perry and Damien Anderson, to name a few. According to a recent AthlonSports.com countdown, the Big Ten is home to nine of college football’s top 50 running backs of the BCS era.

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What number will Big Ten NFL rookies wear in 2013?

Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in last week’s NFL draft. Now, it’s time for the players to start picking out their jersey numbers. See a list of the Big Ten’s drafted players and their new uniform numbers in this post. This list will be updated as more numbers become official.

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Draymond Green has some fun on Twitter

Things are getting physical – as far the NBA goes these days – in the Golden State-Denver playoff series. Both head coaches are complaining, and during Tuesday night’s postgame press conference, George Karl said this: “Did Draymond Green play football or basketball at Michigan State?”

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Video: Relive 'Journey' features on Big Ten pros

Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft this past weekend. Since the draft ended Sunday, several undrafted Big Ten stars have gone on to sign free-agent contracts, as well. See all the signings here. Before we officially close the door on these players’ college careers, we wanted to relive several of their features from “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten Football.”

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Inside the numbers: Big Ten and NFL draft

The NFL draft starts on Thursday night, with the highly anticipated first round, and more than 20 Big Ten players figure to be selected by the time the draft comes to an end Sunday.

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Gopher product Decker, fiance to be on reality show

Eric Decker’s come a long way since being an unheralded high school recruit. First, he rewrote the  Minnesota receiving record book. Next, he became one of the NFL’s top receivers – his 12 touchdown receptions in 2012 were one off the league lead. This summer, Decker will add reality star to his name. The former Gopher and his fiance, Jessie James, are getting an E! reality show called Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie.

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Video: Ex-Spartan Kirk Cousins, the singer

We know Kirk Cousins, the football player. We also know Kirk Cousins, the orator. We even know Kirk Cousins, the football analyst. But what about Kirk Cousins, the singer and performer? Yeah, he’s that, too, and we saw footage of it during Saturday’s Green-White Game.

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Dienhart: Should NBA have MLB style draft?

Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft.

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Twitter: PGA's Donald congratulates NU golfer

It was a good day Tuesday for Jack Perry and the Northwestern men’s golf team. Perry broke PGA Tour players’ David Lipsky and Luke Donald’s school record for lowest 54-hole tournament total, carding a 16-under 200 (67-67-66), and Northwestern cruised to the NU Spring Invitational title at The Glen Club. Read full NUSports.com recap.

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Hill, Moore selected in first round of WNBA draft

The 2013 WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Bristol, Conn., and a pair of Big Ten stars were selected in the first round. Ohio State’s Tayler Hill went No. 4 to Washington, while Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore went No. 12 to Minnesota. Read more about Hill and Moore and see all the Big Ten draftees in this post.

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2013 NBA Draft: Big Ten early entrants

The 2013 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 27. Any underclassman who enters his name into the draft has until Tuesday, April 16 to withdraw and retain college eligibility. Several Big Ten players face the decision of staying in school or turning pro. See all the decisions in this post.

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Did You See This? Denard's terrible first pitch

Denard Robinson received his share of flak for his throwing abilities during his standout Michigan career. His latest throw might be his worst. Robinson, who’s preparing for this month’s NFL draft, threw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday. Let’s just say, Robinson won’t be taking Justin Verlander’s job any time soon.

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