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Northwestern's Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi at the Northwestern-Michigan State Game

Joe Girardi has had his share of success since leaving Northwestern, the school at which he was a standout baseball player. He has four World Series rings, after all, in addition to playing in one All-Star Game and winning one Manager of the Year award. On Saturday, Girardi was back in Evanston as Northwestern’s honorary captain for the Wildcats’ season finale against Legends Division champ Michigan State. Watch our sideline interview with Girardi now and track the Michigan State-Northwestern game here.

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Week 11 Big Ten NFL Stats

Bernard Pollard

Alfonzo Dennard: One-on-One

Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our interview with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard now and see Brent’s Week 11 winners in this post.

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Ex-Spartan Gibson Named NL Manager of the Year

It was a great first season for Michigan State product Kirk Gibson as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The former two-sport Spartan star guided Arizona to a worst-to-first finish this season, and he was rewarded for his efforts by being named the NL Manager of the Year on Wednesday. Gibson received 28 of the 32 first-place votes. Read the full story on ESPN.com.

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Week 10 Big Ten NFL Stats

Tom Brady

The Next Level - Nov. 15, 2011

Week 10 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 10 winners in this post.

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Week 9 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 9 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products have had more big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 9 winners in this post.

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Week 8 Big Ten NFL Stats

Cliff Avril

The Next Level - Nov. 1, 2011

Week 8 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some impressive performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch now as Russ Lande breaks down his latest draft board and see Brent’s Week 8 winners in this post.

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Week 7 Big Ten NFL Stats

Another week of the NFL season is in the books, and yet again Big Ten products left their mark. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 7 winners inside.

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Week 6 Big Ten NFL Stats

Rashard Mendenhall

The Next Level - Oct. 18, 2011

Week 6 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products got after it again. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our Next Level crew discuss former Illini Brandon Lloyd’s trade to St. Louis now and see Brent’s Week 6 winners in this post.

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Week 5 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 5 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled a number of solid performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See his Week 5 winners in this post.

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Three Big Ten Products on ESPN's Rookie Watch

A trio of Big Ten products land on ESPN.com’s Rookie Watch, which ranks the NFL’s top 10 rookies every week. Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue) leads the group, at No. 3, up four spots form last week, J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) comes in at No. 7 and Adrian Clayborn (Iowa) rounds out the contingent, at No. 9. Kerrigan skyrocketed up the list after recording another sack Sunday, his third sack in as many games. Here’s what Matt Williamson said about Kerrigan: “Kerrigan continues to make big plays. He is a game-changer. And Kerrigan now has a sack in three straight games. Having Brian Orakpo on the opposite side certainly helps Kerrigan’s cause, but this guy is a fine player already in his own right.”

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Week 4 Big Ten NFL Stats

Beanie Wells

Jerel Worthy: One-on-One

Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. As was the case the first three weeks, former Big Ten players once again compiled plenty of big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances. See his Week 4 winners in this post.

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The Next Level: Big Ten Alumni Teams

Tuesday night on “The Next Level,” we gave our analysts the fun task of picking Big Ten alumni teams. The rules were simple: Brandon Williams, Russ Lande and Jon Jansen were to draft a Big Ten product at quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end. The analysts made their selections (consult the poll below), and now it’s time for you, the Big Ten fan, to get involved. We want you to decide who drafted the best team? Go ahead and vote. And feel free to leave a comment about your pick at the bottom of the page.

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Week 3 Big Ten NFL Stats

Neil Rackers

The Next Level - Sept. 27, 2011

Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books. Much like the first two weeks, former Big Ten players once again compiled some impressive performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. Watch “The Next Level” debate the best current Big Ten NFL running back and see Brent’s Week 3 winners in this post.

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Week 2 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and just like last week, former Big Ten players compiled some very impressive days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 2 winners inside.

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Week 1 Big Ten NFL Stats

Tom Brady

B1G in the NFL - Week 1

The 2011 NFL season got off to a great start this past weekend, and former Big Ten stars played a big part in the terrific opening act. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how former Big Ten players performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See the Week 1 winners inside and watch “The Next Level’s” NFL recap now.

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Big Ten Well Represented on NFL Rosters

When the 2011 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, expect to see a lot of familiar faces. The Big Ten, according to BigTen.org research, boasts 234 players on the league’s recently finalized 53-man rosters. That’s the second-highest total of any BCS conference, trailing only the SEC (268). Ohio State has the most Big Ten pros, with 35 — good enough to be tied for fifth among all schools.

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The Next Level: Joe Girardi and Nick Swisher

Life is good when you are the defending World Series champion. BTN spent some time with current Yankees skipper Joe Girardi and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher to find out how competing in the Big Ten helped shape their careers as competitors. Watch now as Girardi talks about his time as a Northwestern Wildcat and Swisher recalls his days in Columbus as a Buckeye.

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