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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields walks off the field after the Miami Dolphins beat the Bears 35-32 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

COLUMN: Justin Fields is the best quarterback from the 2021 draft class

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 10, 2022

This is an opinion piece by Carlos Finney Jr., a sports reporter at the Northern Star, and does not reflect the Northern Star’s or the sports staff’s opinion as a whole. Justin Fields put on another highlight reel performance this past Sunday against...

Top 5 Super Bowl commercials

By Jemea Green | February 3, 2020

Number 5 – Hulu: “Tom Brady’s Big Announcement”With Tom Brady getting older, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he would retire. He also posted a picture on Twitter making it seem like he might be done with football, or maybe...

Huskies in the NFL: week 13 performance recap

By Kyle Mathas | December 5, 2019

DeKALB – Week 13 of the NFL season featured multiple former Huskie football players who represented NIU in big ways.Guard Max Scharping once again played every offensive snap when on Sunday night the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots...

That time I... played at a Bears halftime show

That time I… played at a Bear’s halftime show

By Jordan Radloff | October 28, 2019

I have had the opportunity to perform at many cool places in my musical career. Recently, I was able to play for one of the largest crowds yet when I performed with the Huskie Marching Band during the halftime show at the Bears Sunday. Performing at Soldier...

The Huskie Marching Band performs at halftime of the NIU/ISU Football Game in 2019 at Huskie Stadium.

Huskie Marching Band to perform at Chicago Bears game

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | September 27, 2019

The Huskie Marching Band will perform Sunday but not at an NIU function. Instead, the Pride of the Midwest will perform during halftime at the Chicago Bears football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. The marching band will perform alongside...

Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Bears offense out of sync, need to lift weight off defense against Washington

By Matt Boecker | September 23, 2019

DeKALB —The story of the Chicago Bears’ season so far has been a replica of last year: an amazing defense and an offense that limps through each game. The defense is third in points allowed, with 12 per-game, according to ESPN. Meanwhile, the offense...

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE NFL - Coach of the Chicago Bears Matt Nagy, left, accepts the award for AP coach of the year at the 8th Annual NFL Honors at The Fox Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul Abell/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

Nagy’s award brings optimism to Bears fans

By Marcel Carrasco | February 6, 2019

With a franchise quarterback who was thrown into the fire last season, an average receiving corps and a top-tier defensive coordinator, Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy was able to mold a struggling Chicago team into a championship-caliber squad.Nagy’s...

Lynch reflects on FSU, the Orange Bowl, and the MAC

By James Krause | September 19, 2018

The first time the NIU football team played Florida State was in the 2013 Orange Bowl, thanks in part to quarterback Jordan Lynch. Following a playing career that took him from quarterback to running back, Chicago to Edmonton, Lynch has started coaching...

Bears cuts loom after preseason win vs. Chiefs

By Jayce Eustice | August 30, 2018

Football season is a time of excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately the season hasn’t officially begun, but for some there is still a lot to look for. The Chicago Bears played their fourth of five preseason games this past weekend against the visiting...

Improved Bears could shock NFC North

By Jayce Eustice | August 6, 2018

You couldn’t tell by the 5-11 finish to last season, but the Chicago Bears are up and coming and poised to become a contender in the next couple years.The biggest downfall to the Bears 2017-2018 season was the play calling. John Fox ran an offense containing...

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Trubisky Showing Promise

By Derrick Green | October 18, 2017

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears quarterback, got his first professional win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Trubisky completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while adding four scrambles for 32 yards.Trubisky and the Bears beat the...

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Bears need to step up their game

By Ryan Ostry | October 18, 2017

The Chicago Bears won their second game of the season in overtime by a score of 27-24 after blowing the lead once again in the fourth quarter, but that’s not really much of a surprise.Chicago’s prize position rookie Mitch Trubisky was wrapped tightly...