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The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday, so it’s time to take our annual look at the former Big Ten stars currently on NFL rosters. See all 14 schools’ pros in this post.
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Former Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey has yet to play a down in a real NFL game. It doesn’t matter, because he’ll always be remembered no matter how his pro career goes. Kirksey is part of a hilarious Madden ’15 video game glitch.
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How long would it take you to hit 15 NBA 3-pointers? It took former Michigan star Nik Stauskas just 46 seconds. Oh, and he did it on 15 shots. Watch it in this post.
The latest batch of Nissan Heisman House commercials are out just in time for the 2014 season. And a couple of them feature Michigan’s Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner.
You know Robbie Hummel as a basketball player who battled injury throughout his Purdue career. Did you know he’s also a great jokester?
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Four former Big Ten standouts have one of the top 25 best-selling NFL jerseys. Who leads the way? Find out inside.
Surrounded by a group of young campers at halfcourt, Nik Stauskas made the shot you just knew he would make. Even better than the shot? That would be the reaction of the campers.
Former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees loves his Boilermakers. He showed it again following Saturday’s exhibition game at Indianapolis, running over to the expensive seats to sign some Purdue memorabilia.
Former Nebraska baseball star Alex Gordon smacked a home run Saturday on Nebraska Night at Kaufman Stadium, and to celebrate he led the red-clad Royals fans in a “Go Big Red” chant during his postgame on-field interview.
During last week’s Big Ten football media days, I asked one player from all 14 Big Ten teams this question: If you were an NFL GM and could pick one Big Ten player to start a franchise with, who would it be?
The NBA held its annual rookie photo shoot over the weekend in New York City. There were plenty of photos taken, of course, but there was also a lot of fun had while the players waited their turns in front of the camera. There was an impromptu dunk contest, among other things, and former Michigan forward Mitch McGary easily threw down the best dunk.
You already knew Purdue product Drew Brees was one of the NFL’s most accurate passers. His career 66 percent completion percentage is all the proof one needs. For anybody not sold on Brees’ ability to put the ball anywhere he wants, there’s this video from New Orleans Saints’ training camp.
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A quintet of former Big Ten basketball stars, including a pair of Big Ten Player of the Year winners, were named to the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.
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Former Ohio State star and current Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk knows how to tackle. Like, really well. So, if, for some reason, you wanted to find out what it’s like to be tackled by him, simply ask. That’s what happened at the American Century Championship, where Hawk, all in good fun, tackled a willing fan. Watch it above.
The NBA Summer League has tipped off in Las Vegas, and Big Ten players are off to a strong start. Michigan product Tim Hardaway Jr., a member of the 2014 NBA all-rookie team, is averaging 22.5 points in the New York Knicks’ first two games. See other top performers, from both Las Vegas and Orlando, in this post.
I love the NBA Draft. I also love writing the occasional “what-if” article that makes people think about what could have been. Anytime I get a chance to whip up a combination of the two, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it… In this case, sprint with it.
Illinois product and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year Brian Cook hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season. That’s because he spent the last two years tending to his wife, Victoria, who had cancer. Well, Cook, 33, wants back in, so much so that he’s playing for Detroit in the NBA Summer League.
Ever watch a game and ask yourself, “Where did that guy go to school?” Of course, you have. With Maryland and Rutgers now official Big Ten members, we wanted to share the former Terps and Scarlet Knights who are playing professionally in the three major sports. Check out the lists in this post.
A total of seven Big Ten prospects were selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas was the first player to come off the board at No. 8 overall, while Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble was the final Big Ten prospect selected at No. 56. After every draft, comes plenty of draft grades. Here is a look at how some of the top sites graded last night’s Big Ten NBA Draft picks.
You probably already know seven former Big Ten stars were selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft. See the full list here. But what about the Big Ten products who didn’t hear their name called? Get caught up on the latest reports regarding LaQuinton Ross and Jordan Morgan, among other undrafted Big Ten products.
Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era.
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Big Ten Player of the Year. NBA All-Rookie First Team. GQ model. Tattoo aficionado. Make no mistake, former Michigan basketball player Trey Burke is a star on and off the court. Burke recently sat down with Bleacher Report to show off his collection of tattoos and talk about the significance of his ink. Watch the full video feature in this post.
Nick Swisher did it again. Earlier this year, the former Ohio State star led the home crowd in an O-H-I-O chant after a home run in Cleveland’s win over Minnesota. Thursday, he did it again after drilling a walk-off grand slam to send the Indians past the Angels. Watch Swisher’s grand slam and O-H-I-O in the video above.
Former Indiana star and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo recently sat down with Jim Rome to discuss his first NBA season. Oladipo, the No. 2 in the 2013 NBA Draft, finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year race despite learning a new position (point guard) at the game’s highest level. Watch the entire interview in this post.
Even the fierce Michigan-Michigan State hoops rivalry couldn’t keep Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III from remaining close. The longtime friends, who both grew up in Indiana and had a parent star at Purdue, have been working out together in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Our Jim Jackson sat down with the former Big Ten stars for a fun feature.