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Super Bowl 50: Jordan Norwood highlights ex-Big Ten names

Who has the longest punt return in Super Bowl history? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] After Sunday night, the answer is former Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who returned a punt 61 yards in Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Norwood was one of 16 former Big Ten stars competing in Super Bowl 50, and one of nine, not including Vernon Davis, who played at Maryland before the school entered the Big Ten, to win an NFL championship ring. Here’s how all

Illinois great Dee Brown pens open letter to Illini Nation

Make no mistake, Illinois is struggling on the hardwood. The women’s team is 1-11 and in last place, while the men’s team is 3-8 and ahead of only winless Minnesota and Rutgers. [ MORE: Big Ten standings (Men) | Big Ten standings (Women) ] Illinois men’s basketball great and 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year Dee Brown is aware of the struggles, and the special assistant to the director of athletics doesn’t want “Illini Nation” to give up on the programs in the wake of another pair of disappointing seasons. So much so that Brown recently penned a letter

Super Bowl 50: A Big Ten-centric look at the official rosters

Super Bowl 50 is just hours away. A total of 16 former Big Ten names will be playing for an NFL championship, not including former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, as NFC champ Carolina faces AFC champ Denver at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ten of the Big Ten’s 14 schools have at least one representative in Super Bowl 50, headlined by Ohio State, which features a nation’s best five players (4 Carolina; 1 Denver). Don’t have a horse in the race? For what it’s worth, Denver has nine former Big Ten stars, compared to Carolina’s seven. Check out

Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released Saturday night, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and two of the eight inductees are Big Ten personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, who played and coached in the NFL, and ex-Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace, the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the inventor of the pancake block, were selected for enshrinement along with a group headlined by Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison. Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super

Watch NFL star Tom Brady at Michigan's 'Signing of the Stars'

There was a lot of star power at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” extravaganza Wednesday. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair delight the ‘Signing of the Stars’ faithful ] None, perhaps, was bigger and brighter than former Michigan quarterback and current NFL megastar/future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Brady received more than his share of applause at the signing day event that helped raise awareness for #ChadTough. “They love you here, Tom,” Jim Harbaugh said, as Brady met the crowd. “I love them,” Brady responded. “This is a special place.” Brady talked about his recruiting (Hint: It was a lot different

Video: Draymond Green triple-doubles - again - visits NBA office

How did former Michigan State star Draymond Green celebrate his NBA-leading ninth triple-double of the season? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] By spending his off day at the NBA office in New York City. Hours after registering a historic 20-points, 10-rebound, 10-assist line that included a perfect performance from the field (9 of 9) Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2015 NBA champion was treated like the star that he is. Green had plenty of fun, too, between playing pop-a-shot and designing a custom

Ex-Badgers QB Russell Wilson wins 2016 Pro Bowl Offensive MVP

Need another reason to prove the Wisconsin football program is getting it done? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Russell Wilson picked up Offensive MVP honors of the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii, marking the second consecutive season the Badgers have had one of the annual game’s superlative winners. A season ago, all-world defensive end and former Wisconsin walk-on J.J. Watt claimed Defensive MVP honors. On Sunday night, Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout, completed 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Team Irvin to an

Charles Woodson gets introduced one last time at 2016 Pro Bowl

Charles Woodson put on the pads one final time at the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner announced his retirement during the season, the 18th of his no-doubt Hall of Fame career. Woodson, who spent 11 seasons with Oakland, spanning two stops, and seven with Green Bay, finished his career with 65 interceptions, tied for fifth most all-time, twice (2009 & 2011) leading the league in the category. More accolades: Woodson was a member of Green Bay’s Super XLV championship team, he scored 11 career touchdowns, he was a member of the

Twitter: OSU's Braxton Miller impresses at Senior Bowl practice

Braxton Miller had his moments in his one and only season as an Ohio State wide receiver. But, for the most part, the two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year’s number wasn’t called all that often. He finished the season with 26 receptions, 341 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 260 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fast forward to Senior Bowl practice this week in Mobile, Alabama, and Miller is making quite the impression. The quarterback-turned-receiver is showing he can run routes, get separation and make catches. Miller will play in the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl

Photo: Check out John Shurna's 28-game winning streak beard

The subject in the photo above is Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer John Shurna. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] For real. The former baby-faced Big Ten star is playing overseas, and the now-famous beard was the catalyst for his Spanish Liga ACB team’s (Valencia) 28-game winning streak, which started in October and, amazingly, spanned six countries. Valencia finally lost last Tuesday, to Limoges of France, and the beard came off the following day. It took a half-hour to shave, if you were wondering. “My sister came to visit over the holidays, and she