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Week 17 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. Check out his Week 17 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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Week 16 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every week during the NFL season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out the top performances by Big Ten products. Check out his Week 16 honorees in the photo gallery in this post. As a reminder, each player’s stats is listed below his photo.

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Purdue product Drew Brees breaks NFL record

Former Purdue star and current New Orleans QB Drew Brees set an NFL record Sunday night by throwing a touchdown pass for the 48th consecutive game. The record, previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, stood since 1960. Brees set the record on 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-24 victory over San Diego, Brees’ old team (Watch the TD | Brees talks record).

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Antwaan Randle El, Tom Waddle weigh in on MNF ending

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The Next Level - Sept. 25, 2012

Perhaps you heard there was a controversial ending to last night’s Monday Night Football game. Here’s the skinny, if you missed it. Crazy, huh? There’s a Big Ten angle to the play, too. The man who threw the pass that will forever live in NFL lore was former Wisconsin star QB Russell Wilson. Watch our “The Next Level” crew, including former Indiana QB and Super Bowl champ Antwaan Randle El and ex-NFL WR Tom Waddle, discuss the aftermath of the play now.

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Did You See This? Big Ten NFL Preseason Highlights

The 2012 NFL season kicks off Wednesday night, which means it’s time to look back at some of the best plays Big Ten products made during the exhibition season. Watch all the highlights, via links to NFL.com, in this post. And with opening day just around the corner, teams are currently making final cuts. Unfortunately, the list includes several Big Ten names.

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Six Big Ten teams ranked in ESPN's 50 in 50 series

If you haven’t checked out ESPN.com’s 50 in 50 series, do yourself a favor and click that link. The feature ranks the nation’s 50 most successful men’s basketball programs of the last 50 years, and it includes half of the Big Ten teams. Indiana leads the Big Ten, at No. 7, while Michigan State (No. 11), Michigan (No. 13), Ohio State (No. 15), Purdue (No. 20) and Illinois (No. 33) round out the conference’s representatives.

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Did You See This? Ryan Kerrigan ad

Purdue product Ryan Kerrigan spent four seasons terrorizing Big Ten quarterbacks, and now he’s trying to sack another thorn in his side: high utility bills. At least that’s the case in a new Thompson Creek Window Company ad that features Kerrigan, a rising second-year star on the Washington Redskins, as the spokesperson. The company is based in Lanham, Md., and it played to Kerrigan’s strengths in the commercial, having the former Boiler tackle a man dressed as a utility bill. No joke.

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Top 5 Big Ten defensive players of BTN era

BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My sixth and final list ranks the top five defensive careers of the BTN era.

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Summer of Deron Williams: Contract, Gold Medal, Bubba

Is there anyone having a better summer than Illinois product Deron Williams? Honestly, in the matter of two months, the guy made Team USA for the second consecutive Olympic games, agreed to a $99-million contract with Brooklyn, traveled to London for free and became the first Big Ten men’s basketball player to win multiple gold medals. To top it all off, he’ll play golf with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson at this week’s Barclay’s Pro Am at Bethpage.

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