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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

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Journey - Montee Ball

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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

Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead - Nebraska Spring Game Interview

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

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

Eric Decker Conversation – Part 1

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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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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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Who stays, who goes? Draft analyst predicts

Cody Zeller

Oladipo Blocks OSU's Scott

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas announced Friday that he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. What will the Big Ten’s other top pro prospects do? You know, underclassmen like Trey Burke, Cody Zeller and Adreian Payne, among others? I asked draft analyst Ed Isaacson for his thoughts. Follow Isaacson on Twitter (@nbadraftblog) and check out his blog.

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Injured Sullinger making most of Big Ten tourney trip

Jared Sullinger

Jared Sullinger Checks In at the Big Ten Tournament

If Jared Sullinger had his way, he’d be nowhere near the United Center this week. Thing is, the Ohio State product was sent to the Big Ten tourney by the Boston Celtics, his current employer. Sullinger, a first-round pick in last year’s NBA draft, underwent season-ending back surgery last month, and while he’s recovering, the Celtics decided to send him to Chicago to test his basketball IQ, if you will.

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Kirk Cousins: 'It was a phenomenal rookie year'

Kirk Cousins at BTN

Kirk Cousins Rapid Fire

Michigan State product and current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins joined “Big Ten Football Report” on Monday. The show also airs several times Tuesday morning. Check out the TV schedule for the complete list. With Cousins in studio, BTN.com flagged down the quarterback for a quick Q&A. We asked him about his transition to the NFL, his Hail Mary pass, Mark Dantonio and Robert Griffin III, among other things.

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Gallery: Big Ten products at NFL Combine

The 2013 NFL Draft’s top prospects are in Indianapolis taking part in the annual NFL Combine from Feb. 20-26. Several Big Ten products received an invitation, and here we’ve compiled a USA TODAY Sports photo gallery with some of the best shots. See photos of Montee Ball, Denard Robinson and MarQueis Gray, among others, in this post.

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Vote Denard Robinson for NCAA Football cover

Denard Robinson

Ultimate Denard Robinson Highlight

It’s fitting that a player who ripped off as many video game-like highlights as Denard Robinson is in the running to be on the cover of NCAA Football 2014. EA Sports announced Monday the four finalists for its next cover, and Robinson is joined by Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope.

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Did You See This? J.J. Watt and Yao Ming photo

Wired for sound during an NFL game this season, Wisconsin product and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt famously told Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice: “I’ve eaten burritos bigger than you.” It was funny, because Watt, 6-5, 295 pounds, dwarfs Rice, 5-8, 212 pounds. On Tuesday, it was Watt’s turn as the burrito, if you will.

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Ex-B1G stars live tweet during Indiana-Michigan State game

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Indiana’s A.J. Guyton and Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves are some of the best players to wear their respective jerseys. During Sunday afternoon’s Michigan State-Indiana game at Assembly Hall, the two old rivals took to Twitter to interact about the big-time matchup that featured two one-loss Big Ten teams. See some of the highlights of their interactions in this post.

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Big Ten players in Super Bowl XLVII

The matchup for Super Bowl XLVII is set, and it will be the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meeting Feb. 3 in New Orleans. In all, there are 15 Big Ten products on the teams’ active rosters – San Francisco 10; Baltimore 5 – not including players on IR or practice squads. See all the former Big Ten players who will participate in the Super Bowl in this post.

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Football Report: Catching up with Eric Decker

Eric Decker

Eric Decker Conversation – Part 2

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

What’s it like catching passes from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning? That’s a great question, and one Howard Griffith asked former Minnesota standout Eric Decker in Part II of his sitdown with the Denver Broncos wide receiver. Watch Decker’s answer now, plus find out about his transition to the NFL and his relationship with Manning after just one season together.

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Big Ten NFL divisional round standouts

Two weeks of the NFL playoffs are down, and now we’re one week away from knowing the Super Bowl XLVII matchup. On Saturday and Sunday, several Big Ten players – headlined by New England’s Tom Brady (Michigan) – helped lead their teams to next week’s conference championship games. See a photo gallery of those players in this post.

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Big Ten NFL wild card standouts

It’s playoff time in the NFL, and that means Big Ten products are making big plays on an even bigger stage. Check out my NFL Wild Card standouts in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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