Denver Broncos sign NIU alum

By Matt Stacionis

Former NIU fullback Mike Stack has signed another NFL free-agent contract, this time with the Denver Broncos.

Stack, who last played at NIU in 1999, had been with the New York Jets, of the same conference, for training camp in 2000. The 6-foot-2-incher will report to the mini-camp following the April draft.

“That’s great news,” said NIU head football coach Joe Novak. “Again, it’s a great opportunity for him. Mike was a great worker. He is stronger than heck and can be used in short-yardage situations as a big, strong, physical lead back. Of course, we’re all glad to see him get another chance in the National Football League.”

Stack’s ideal position would be as a blocking back, as he was named as one of the “heaviest” fullbacks in his last season.

He can power-clean 365 pounds and squats 770. He also was noted for his in-class work, being named a Huskie Scholar in 1999.