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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...

Super Bowl prop bets can give fans another fun way to enjoy the big game

By Matt Boecker | January 31, 2020

DeKALB — Every year, the Super Bowl brings people together to watch the big game, indulge in some buffalo dip and eat some other food that won’t leave it’s consumer feeling very rosy in the morning. There’s another fold that can be added to the...

Huskies drop second home game of season, lose chance to retain MAC title

By James Krause | November 20, 2019

DeKALB — The football team saw its postseason hopes shatter Tuesday in a 45-17 blowout loss to Eastern Michigan University.With the loss, NIU is eliminated from Mid-American Conference title contention and will fall short of the 6-6 record necessary...

Offensive coordinator Eric Eidsness addresses the quarterbacks during practice Wednesday at Huskie Stadium.

Starting quarterback will remain unknown until Saturday’s season opener

By James Krause | August 29, 2019

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers rolls out of the pocket during practice Wednesday. “It was a blessing in disguise,” Bowers said. “The majority of people who transfer, I’d assume, leave with some type of bitterness or feeling that [they] missed an opportunity. It’s been so nice getting out here to put all those regrets and frustrations to rest and learn from them.”

Thomas Hammock (middle) poses for a photo with a few key members of the NIU football team.

The ‘Hammock Era’ Begins : Chicago Media Day

By James Krause | August 1, 2019

DeKALB  —NIU’s football team held its annual Chicago Media Day on Monday, just days before the start of the first season under new head coach Thomas Hammock.Hammock and several members of the team spoke to the media at Ditka’s Steakhouse in downtown...

America needs to think about its identity, not Colin Kapernick or shoes

By James Krause | July 18, 2019

It is fitting to me that the President’s Salute to America wasn’t sun kissed and bright like the ideal day for attendees would have been, but cloudy with occasional downpours.For the past few years on Independence Day, there has been a cloud over...

Huskies win 2018 MAC title game against University of Buffalo

Huskies win 2018 MAC title game against University of Buffalo

By James Krause | December 1, 2018

Huskies comeback to claim conference titleDETROIT- A 19-point comeback in the second half helped the NIU football team top the University of Buffalo Bulls 30-29 to win the 2018 Mid-American Conference title game.After falling behind 29-10 with one minute...

Fill in the Blank: Huskie football this season was…

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 28, 2018

Sam Malone | Managing Editor... accidentally impressive.The football season has been full of wins, and no one can deny that, but some of those victories weren’t as clean as they should have been. The defense played a strong game throughout the season,...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and teammate kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game.

Sports and politics shouldn’t mix

By Peter Zemeske | June 24, 2018

The NFL’s May 23 decision to prohibit kneeling during the national anthem comes on the heels of the divisiveness caused by players protesting oppression of minorities in America, however the rule isn’t unreasonable. The NFL wants to keep football...

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Trubisky Showing Promise

By Derrick Green | October 18, 2017

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Mitch Trubisky finally starting for the Bears

By Ryan Ostry | October 5, 2017

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