Playing quarterback in the NFL is a one of the most demanding jobs in sports. In 2015, five of the NFL’s 32 teams called former Big Ten quarterbacks their starters for more than half of their 16 regular season games. Take a moment to test your knowledge and see if you can name all five of those Big Ten names and their teams before reading the rest of my story here. So how did you do? Of course, we have Michigan’s Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Purdue’s Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints). More recently, the Big Ten has produced
Life as a professional athlete can be transitory, a blur of different uniforms, cities and faces, which makes it difficult to get attached to any particular place. But Philadelphia Eagles free safety and former Buckeyes football star Malcolm Jenkins manages to make real, lasting connections no matter where he goes. That’s due in large part to the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which he started with his mother, Gwendolyn, to give back and help youth in communities he’s been part of throughout his life. The organization sponsors scholarships and hosts events in Piscataway, N.J., Columbus, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Jenkins is quick
What type of 2014 NFL team could be assembled with Big Ten alums? Well, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his best shot at creating a Big Ten All-NFL team in this post.
It all began in March 2012, when Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk wanted to cut the long, blond mane he’d started growing at Ohio State with fellow linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel to honor the late Pat Tillman. The copious hair flowing out from underneath his helmet had become part of his signature look, but it was out of control. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, something good would come out of this frustration. “My hair was long and ratty and it looked terrible, and I just got sick of trying to take care of it
Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, a former star at Wisconsin, recently told The Wall Street Journal that he would like to be an owner of a professional sports team one day, whether it’s baseball, football, or maybe even both. “For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” Wilson said. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.” Here he is doing that
No one will deny the fact that former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady lives a pretty awesome life. He has three Super Bowl rings, nine Pro Bowl appearances, two NFL MVP awards, an unfathomable amount of money, and yes, a supermodel wife. So what can’t Tom Brady have? A high five. Check out this fake public service announcement, which began airing this week online and on local Denver television. The PSA highlights all of Brady’s career accomplishments, and then shows his inability to receive a high five from any of his Patriots teammates this season. My personal favorite part of the
Russell Wilson is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL, a dynamo on the ground and through the air. This weekend, he will lead the Seahawks against Seattle’s , the rival San Francisco 49ers, with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. But there’s something beyond a shot at a Lombardi Trophy that motivates Wilson. In 2012, Wilson founded the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, designated as a football camp for children ages 9-17 who play all positions on the football field. The Cincinnati native’s goal in starting the program goes further than just teaching the fundamentals of
Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has reached a contract agreement to be the new head coach of the Houston Texans, according to foxsports.com and other sources. Let’s be honest about these reports: We all knew this day was coming. We all knew O’Brien was going to leave Penn State for the NFL. But most of us didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Two years? That’s it? Yep. Two years. [ MORE: AP: O’Brien reaches agreement with Texans ] But, that’s OK. Penn State owes O’Brien a debt of gratitude. He gave more to Penn State than he took. The school will