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Former NIU cornerback not affected by lockout

By Tony Osborne | June 16, 2011

DeKALB | The NFL lockout did not seem to affect former NIU cornerback Chris Smith. Smith was drafted in the 4th round, 17th pick overall to the Omaha Nighthawks in the 2011 draft for the United Football League, a professional football organization made...

Wolfe not guaranteed a spot in NFL

By Tony Osborne | June 16, 2011

As we move into the beginning of summer, the NFL lockout continues to loom over the heads of coaches, fans and players alike.Even NFL veterans are showing the displeasure around the league with the continuous staring contest between players and management.Baltimore...

The Rant: Too much Tiki, too little time

By Andrew Singer | March 8, 2011

It was confirmed by ESPN on Tuesday that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has filed the papers to come out of retirement. Barber, 36 in April, hasn't played since the 2006 season. In other words, one season before the Giants won one for...

NFL labor disputes distract people from the real issues

NFL labor disputes distract people from the real issues

By Jack Baker | February 27, 2011

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association is set to expire Thursday. The owners have threatened to lock out the 2011 season, or not play any games, if a new deal can't be reached because the two sides can't agree...

Redshirt senior linebacker Alex Kube attempts to tackle Illinois junior running back Jason Ford. Kube is still trying to get drafted to an NFL team even after graduating.

Former NIU linebacker continues to reach for his dreams, the NFL

By Jimmy Johnson | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | Former NIU linebacker Alex Kube has been doubted throughout his entire football career. At both the high school and college level, critics said that Kube didn’t have the talent to play at a high degree. Kube admitted that he’s heard all of...

The Rant: Jones-Drew doesn’t apologize

By Chris Dertz | February 2, 2011

Remember how Jay Cutler is a quitter, except he's one that doesn't quit because his doctors won't let him play? But he tells them he feels fine, until the doctors tell him that it's his knee and not his pancreas? Well, Jacksonville running back Maurice...

NIU football player Chadd Spann sets sights for NFL

By Andrew Singer | January 26, 2011

Four years ago, Chad Spann walked onto the NIU football team and earned a scholarship. As a departing senior, he has his sights set a little higher in 2011. After helping the Huskies cap a 11-3 season with a victory in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, Spann...

The Rant: If Herschel Walker could turn back time

By Jimmy Johnson | January 26, 2011

Former NFL running back Herschel Walker wants to be the George Foreman of football. No, he doesn't want to endorse his own line of super-efficient grills. Instead, he wants to make a geriatric comeback to the gridiron. In fact, Walker even gave a short...

The Rant: Al Davis used to be cool

By Andrew Singer | January 19, 2011

Anyone who thinks Al Davis has no place in the NFL knows absolutely nothing about football. With the hiring of Hue Jackson as the Oakland Raiders new head coach, people are back using Davis as just another punch line. It's true the Raiders owner has made...

Commentary: football armageddon is upon us in Bears vs. Packers game

By Jimmy Johnson | January 17, 2011

We all know the overplayed elements between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Sky-rocketing cholesterol. George Halas and Vince Lombardi. The list goes on and on, but I'll save you from my being "meat-headed." Put aside the food that will clog...

This Nov. 6, 2010 file photo shows Auburn fans showing their sentiments to the Cameron Newton investigation by the NCAA over his recruitment, prior to an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. The Auburn Tigers found themselves defending quarterback Cam Newton for the second time in five days, this time adamantly sticking up for the Heisman hopeful in the wake of allegations of academic cheating when he was at Florida.

Benefits for NCAA athletes practically tradition

By Andrew Singer | November 15, 2010

When it comes to traditional values of college athletics, nothing is more organic to the institution than giving illegal benefits to players. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is currently under a fire storm of allegations that have neither been confirmed...

The Rant: Silly Mike Shanahan

By Korey Peterson | November 2, 2010

Rex Grossman still has it. The sports world was waiting to see if he still had it, and now they can rest easily after seeing him do what he does best on Sunday. What he still has, of course, is the ability to lose a game for his team, fashionably. With...