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Four former Big Ten football standouts make 2015 All-Pro Team

It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. [ MORE: Big Ten names on NFL playoff teams ] None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday. Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just

Eighty former Big Ten standouts listed on NFL playoff rosters

The NFL playoffs are set, and former Big Ten standouts litter the 12 teams’ active rosters. A total of 80 players find themselves on active rosters, paced by Ohio State (14), and every Big Ten team has at least one representative. To be clear, the number does not include players currently on injured reserve or Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers players who played before the schools entered the Big Ten. See the team-by-team breakdown below. ILLINOIS (4) Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots INDIANA (1)

Tom Brady gives young cancer patient great Christmas gift

Tom Brady knows how to win football games, and he also knows how to make a child’s dream come true. [ MORE: Like this post? Visit our full Gone Viral section! ] The former Michigan quarterback and eventual NFL Hall of Famer gave an 8-year-old cancer patient a Christmas gift she won’t soon forget. Brady, in a video from inside the New England locker room, invited Hailey, who recently was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, to visit him in Foxborough. Hailey’s parents accepted the invitation, and the photos from the encounter are something special. Watch Brady’s invitation in

Ten former Big Ten players make 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Ten former Big Ten players, not including ex-Nebraska punter Sam Koch (2001-05), were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, it was announced Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, who recently announced he will retire at season’s end, will make his ninth Pro Bowl appearance to highlight the Big Ten names. Wisconsin paces the conference with four players, including all-world defensive end J.J. Watt and white-hot quarterback Russell Wilson. The Pro Bowl is at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. See

Ex-Badgers QB Russell Wilson in thick of historic five-game run

No NFL quarterback, past or present, has had a five-game span more impressive than former Wisconsin star and current Seattle Seahawks stud Russell Wilson. [ MORE: ‘You like that’ chants growing louder for Kirk Cousins ] Look at these numbers: 74 percent (110-of-148), 1,420 yards, 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. That’s an average of 284 yards and 3.8 touchdowns through the air, once again, all without a single interception. He’s also made an impact on the ground during the last handful of games (147 yards, 1 TD). Wilson is no stranger to compiling ridiculous numbers; in fact, in 2011, his

Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson to retire

Charles Woodson's return to Oakland began with hundreds of fans gathering at the team's facility urging him to come back. The second stint will come to an end following an emotional farewell at the Oakland Coliseum.

'You like that' chants growing louder for white-hot Kirk Cousins

It’s a great time to be a Michigan State fan. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] The men’s basketball team is No. 1 in the nation, the football team is the No. 3 seed in the second annual College Football Playoff, and Kirk Cousins and Draymond Green, two of the school’s most accomplished recent standouts, are getting it done in the NFL and NBA, respectively. Cousins completed 22 of 28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns, to go along with a highlight-reel scoring scamper, in a 35-25 victory vs. Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, the

Drew Brees passes Dan Marino on NFL passing touchdowns list

Another week of NFL action, another opportunity for a former Big Ten quarterback to pass Hall of Famer Dan Marino on the all-time passing touchdowns list. One week after Tom Brady (Michigan) surpassed Marino’s 420 career scoring strikes vs. Philadelphia, Drew Brees (New Orleans) did the same Sunday afternoon in a win at Tampa Bay. Brees tossed a pair of touchdowns in the 24-17 victory to give him 421 in his brilliant career. The total trails just Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and the aforementioned Brady (425) in NFL annals. Kind of cool that two of the four all-time

Kirk Cousins gives game ball to cancer-fighting father

Kirk Cousins put on an absolute show for everyone at FedExField on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: redskins.com: Watch Kirk Cousins greet father, give him game ball ] The former Michigan State star quarterback had a perfect passer rating, completing 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, en route to leading Washington to a 47-14 victory over New Orleans. His best highlight, however, might have come following the final whistle. Cousins, after shaking hands at midfield and congratulating his teammates, gave his father, Don, who has metastic squamous cell carcinoma, the game ball before walking into