Illini football is a consistent winner…on NFL Draft Night.
Illinois football is winning big in 2013…for the Kansas City Chiefs. Two of the five starting OL for the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team, Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah, hail from the Illini football program.
And Butkus Award candidate Jonathan Brown will be the next Illini to join the orange and blue march every April to league. Jonathan Brown leads the Big Ten with 81 tackles and ranks 17th in the nation at 10.1 tackles per game. He is trying to become the first Illini to lead the conference in tackles since Brit Miller in 2008.
Illinois currently has 25 former players on 2013 NFL active rosters, plus one on a practice squad, tied for third-most amoug Big Ten teams behind only Ohio State (31) and Iowa (26), tied with Penn State (25) and Wisconsin (25), and ahead of Michgan (23), Nebraska (23), Purdue (18), Michigan State (15), Northwestern (7), Indiana (5) and Minnesota (4).