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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs the football while Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Trent McDuffie (22) attempts to tackle him on Sunday in Kansas City. Sports Reporter Eddie Miller details how the Bears can recover from a 0-3 start to the 2023 season. (Charlie Riedel | Associated Press)

COLUMN: Bears in need of answers amid horrid start

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | September 29, 2023

Starting the year 0-3, the Chicago Bears have fallen to be one of the worst – if not, the worst – teams in the NFL. Given the circumstances, it is nearly impossible for the organization to turn this season around, but there are some viable options.  Coming...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts speaks during an NFL football Super Bowl team availability, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, in Phoenix. The Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 57 Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Sports staff predicts Super Bowl Sunday

By Northern Star Sports Staff | February 9, 2023

The time has come for arguably the biggest sporting event in the United States: the Super Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will be facing off in a highly anticipated matchup between two elite quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts of Philadelphia...

Former NFL quarterback Tom Brady, a cast member and producer of 80 for Brady, poses at the premiere of the film Jan. 31, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. Brady announced his retirement from the NFL last week via an Instagram post. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

COLUMN: Tom Brady’s retirement was overdue

By Kalesia Williams, Sports Reporter | February 7, 2023

Tom Brady announced his retirement last week in a heartfelt Instagram video. This announcement was made a couple days after the Cowboys defeated the Buccaneers in the wildcard round. The Buccaneer’s season was mediocre. It was evident all season...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Former ‘superback’ Ratkovich lands with Falcons

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 27, 2022
Eight months after tearing his ACL during a pre-draft workout, former NIU running back Clint Ratkovich has found his first NFL home: The Atlanta Falcons.
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...

New Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill holds his first news conference among family members and the media in Miami Gardens, Florida, March 24. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)

High-profile NFL trades have changed landscape of league

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | March 29, 2022

The 2022 NFL offseason has brought some of the most shocking moves in the history of the league that will leave it looking completely different from last year.  Davante Adams being traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.  Many people thought the drama between...

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...

Sports staff predicts Super Bowl LIV

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 29, 2020

DeKALB — The sports staff give their predictions for Super Bowl LIV ahead of kickoff Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The game can be watched on FOX.Jarrett Huff | Sports Editor: Chiefs win 28-24With the New England Patriots finally giving up the throne to the AFC,...

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,...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Injuries headlined week two of NFL

By Matt Boecker | September 18, 2019

DeKALB — Injuries to two cornerstone players and defensive back drama defined this week in the NFL. Carolina Panthers struggles continue, losing nine of their previous 10 gamesIn the offseason, the Carolina Panthers tried converting dual-threat QB...

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dontrell Hilliard during the first half in an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Mayfield and Browns lack offensive spark

By Matt Boecker | September 10, 2019

DeKALB — After another long NFL offseason, fans were treated to an eventful weekend on and off the field. Here are some of the biggest stories from week one:New look Cleveland Browns play like old Cleveland BrownsAfter all the Super Bowl buzz from the...