staff, staff, September 4, 2013

BTN?s new series, Forever B1G, debuts at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday. The show reconnects with former Big Ten student-athletes and discovers where life has taken them after their athletic careers have ended. The first episode will feature former Ohio State forward Brad Sellers and former Michigan State offensive lineman Tony Mandarich.

The eight-episode series features 16 former Big Ten student-athletes, including former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson, Michigan State?s Maurice Ager, Northwestern?s Darnell Autry, Indiana?s A.J. Guyton, Minnesota?s Willie Burton, former Penn State running back D.J. Dozier and many more.

In the first episode, fans get a look into the life of Sellers, a former NBA player and OSU basketball star who also played at Wisconsin before transferring. Sellers, the current mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, will take fans along as he goes through a typical day, including speaking to a community group and visiting the local YMCA. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft and spent 14 years playing in the NBA and overseas before retiring in 2000. He was sworn in as mayor of his hometown in 2012.

Also featured in the first episode is Mandarich, a decorated Spartan lineman who spent time in the NFL but now owns his own photography business. He was drafted second overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 1989 NFL Draft but played little and was cut in 1992. In the episode, Mandarich discusses his time playing in East Lansing, his struggles off the field while in the NFL, and how the lessons he learned while playing at MSU still resonate with him today.

New episodes of Forever B1G will air every Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on BTN. For information on upcoming episodes, go to:

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