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Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers defensive back, first NIU graduate to make it to Super Bowl since 2009

By James Krause | January 27, 2020

DeKALB — San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward will represent NIU when the team faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV Sunday in Miami.Ward is the first NIU alum to reach and start in the Super Bowl since Ryan Diem did so as an offensive...

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...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Juan Thornhill (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Update: Former Huskies performing in NFL, XFL potential destination for others

By James Krause | October 10, 2019

DeKALB — Four former NIU football players remain in the NFL, including one who is part of the only remaining undefeated team in the NFC.Defensive back Jimmie Ward of the San Francisco 49ers made his season debut Monday night against the Cleveland Browns,...

Smith cut by Steelers, and update on other Huskies in the NFL

Smith cut by Steelers, and update on other Huskies in the NFL

By James Krause | September 5, 2019

DeKALB — Five former NIU football players will be a part of opening week rosters in the NFL, including a rookie offensive linemen, a pair of wide receivers on rival teams, and a pair of cornerbacks.The newest Huskie to join the NFL is offensive lineman...

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

Former NIU wide receiver Kenny Golladay drafted to the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL draft on Friday night, according to a May 1 Northern Star article found here. But Golladay isn’t the only current NFL player to come out of NIU. According...

NIU President Doug Baker (right) unveils the NIU quarterback greats window Tuesday outside of the Lincoln Inn, 240 E. Lincoln Highway. This is the second year the city has partnered with NIU to honor Huskies players and athletics through window displays.NIU President Doug Baker (right) unveils the NIU quarterback greats window Tuesday outside of the Lincoln Inn, 240E. Lincoln Highway. This is the second year the city has partnered with NIU to honor Huskies players and athleticsthrough window display

Football update: QB still TBD; Huskies picked 2nd in MAC West; Football, Corn Fest to partner for home opener; NIU, DeKalb join forces for community window displays

By Frank Gogola | July 27, 2014

With football’s fall camp right around the corner, things are beginning to heat up for the Huskies.While the Huskies are still not sure who their quarterback will be, they know who their competition will be, as they weren’t selected to win the MAC...

Lynch faces stiffest odds to make an NFL roster

By Steve Shonder | July 20, 2014

With NFL training camps ready to get underway, four NIU alumni are hoping to make it through to the final 53-man roster in the NFL.Jordan Lynch, Jimmie Ward, Ken Bishop and Joe Windsor head into some tough position battles this week.Lynch faces the toughest...

Safety Jimmie Ward said he spoke with Colts and Vikings representatives amongst others, for 90 minutes after he finished his workouts at Pro Day March 8 at the Chessick Center.

San Francisco 49ers draft Jimmie Ward with No. 30 pick

By Frank Gogola | May 9, 2014

Former NIU Huskies strong safety Jimmie Ward was drafted No. 30 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft May 8.Ward is the second first-round selection in NIU history. Linebacker Larry English was selected No. 16 by...

No. 2 Athlete of the Year: Jimmie Ward

By Frank Gogola | April 30, 2014

Senior safety Jimmie Ward is Sports’ No. 2 Athlete of 2013-2014, having put together one of the best seasons among all defensive backs in the country.Ward finished as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s...

Head coach Rod Carey talks about the Huskies beginning spring practice Tuesday at the Yordon Center. Carey said he is nowhere near ready to name a starting quarterback.

Football preps for fall

By Frank Gogola | March 18, 2014

Football’s preparing for life without quarterback Jordan Lynch, safety Jimmie Ward and a number of other seniors who graduated.Head coach Rod Carey, athletic director Sean Frazier, redshirt senior running back Cameron Stingily, redshirt junior offensive...

Ward shines at Pro Day

By Frank Gogola | March 10, 2014

Former NIU safety Jimmie Ward finally got his chance to show off his athleticism and speed.Ward was one of 12 players who participated at the NIU Pro Day Friday at the Chessick Practice Center. In attendance were coaches and scouts representing 30 of...

Football focuses on defense with recruiting class

By Brian Earle | February 5, 2014

In football’s recruiting class, defense was the name of the game for the Huskies and head coach Rod Carey.NIU’s defense took a big hit losing safety Jimmie Ward along with three other defensive backs. The Huskies also lost defensive tackle Ken Bishop...