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Safety Jimmie Ward was drafted No. 30 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft May 8, 2014, according to a May 9, 2014 Northern Star article.

Other NFL players from NIU

By Brooklynn Schmidgall | May 1, 2017

Tim Semisch was drafted by the San Diego Chargers, according to a May 16, 2016 Northern Star article.

NIU football: Da’Ron Brown drafted by Kansas City Chiefs

By Frank Gogola | May 4, 2015

Da’Ron Brown, former NIU wide receiver, was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.Brown, a 2014 All-MAC Second Team selection, was drafted with the 16th pick of the seventh round — the 233rd overall...

Redshirt senior wide receiver Da’Ron Brown breaks away for a touchdown in the game against the Toledo Rockets on Nov. 11 at Huskie Stadium. Brown accounted for close to 40 percent of the Huskies’ receiving yards.

Top 10 athletes: No. 9: Da’Ron Brown a force for football

By Frank Gogola | April 20, 2015

Da’Ron Brown, football redshirt senior wide receiver, takes the No. 9 spot on Sports’ countdown after highlighting a depleted receiving corps in 2014.Brown, who earned All-MAC Second Team honors, led all receivers with 68 receptions for 1,065 yards...

NIU football: Huskies more ‘versatile’ on offense

By Frank Gogola | April 6, 2015

On paper, football should be a much more pass-heavy team than in past years.The Huskies lose Da’Ron Brown and his team-leading 1,065 receiving yards, but they return eight receivers — six of whom played in 11 or more games — from last year’s squad....

NIU football: Da’Ron Brown runs routes for NFL scouts at Pro Day

By Frank Gogola | March 6, 2015

Running routes is what Da’Ron Brown’s all about.Brown, former Huskies wide receiver, ran routes and did position drills during NIU’s Pro Day on Friday at the Chessick Practice Center.“I’m pretty sure they [the scouts] would say I probably have...

NIU football: Former Huskies set for Pro Day

By Northern Star staff | March 5, 2015

Nine former football players will participate in NIU’s 2015 Pro Day on Friday.Eight 2014 seniors and one 2012 senior will be on hand to work out for NFL scouts 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chessick Practice Center. This event is not open to the general...

NIU football: Da’Ron Brown heads to East-West Shrine Game

By Northern Star Staff | January 12, 2015

Da’Ron Brown, redshirt senior wide receiver, will lace up his cleats one final time at the collegiate level in the East-West Shrine Game.Brown has accepted an invitation to the 90th edition of the game. The game is 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field...

Junior safety Marlon Moore (2) celebrates recovering a fumble in NIU’s 21-14 win against Ohio on Nov. 18 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. NIU is now one win away from securing a trip to the MAC Championship. The Huskies take on the Western Michigan Broncos 10 a.m. Nov. 28 at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

1 win: That’s what NIU football needs to get back to MAC Championship

By Frank Gogola | November 19, 2014

Football’s victory over the Ohio Bobcats Tuesday positions the Huskies one win away from their fifth-straight trip to Detroit.The Huskies (9-2, 6-1 MAC) beat the Bobcats (5-6, 3-4 MAC), 21-14, at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. If the Huskies beat the...

Leading not new to Brown

By Danny Albers | November 19, 2014

Da’Ron Brown stepped into a leadership role when injuries plagued football’s offense.Brown, redshirt senior wide receiver, has been playing wide receiver at NIU for four seasons. So, when fellow senior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis was ruled out for...

Redshirt senior tailback Cameron Stingily rushes down the field Tuesday at Huskie Stadium against the Toledo Rockets. The Huskies used two second-half touchdowns from Stingily to help secure a significant victory in the MAC standings.

Football notches signature win

By Frank Gogola | November 12, 2014

Football did more in its win over the Toledo Rockets than position itself on the inside track to play in the MAC Championship game: It showed this year’s team deserves to make what has become an annual trek to Detroit.The Huskies (8-2, 5-1 MAC) showed...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare (12) carries the ball during his 78-yard touchdown run on the Huskies’ first series of the game. The Huskies ran for 332 yards while passing for only 54 yards Saturday at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich., against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Rapid reaction: Football 27, Toledo Rockets 24

By Frank Gogola | November 11, 2014

What happened: The Huskies (8-2, 5-1 MAC) beat the Toledo Rockets (6-4, 5-1 MAC) for the fifth-straight season, 27-24, Tuesday at Huskie Stadium.How it happened: The NIU offense jumped to a 10-0 lead 10 minutes into the first quarter as the defense forced...

Football redeemed at home

By Ryan Simpson | October 19, 2014

Football’s offense emerged from its three-game hibernation, posting its second-high offensive output of the season at its weekend game.The Huskies (5-2, 2-1 MAC) defeated the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-7, 1-3 MAC), 51-41, Saturday at Huskie Stadium. The...