For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl will have a feature back from the University of Illinois. This time, the Illini tailback is the Pittsburgh Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall; who in 2008 became the first University of Illinois player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1996. 14 years ago, UI produced the #2 (Kevin Hardy taken by Jacksonville) and #3 … [Read more...] about Will Super Bowl Make Rashard Mendenhall Greatest Illini Rusher Ever?
It's a funny story, really. As much as everyone knows about former Illinois running back Howard Griffith's record breaking 8 touchdown game against Southern Illinois, hardly anyone ever saw it. It wasn't televised and the only existing recording appears to be Illinois' coach's film. Memorial Stadium also wasn't full that day, so the number of people that saw the game as … [Read more...] about Howard Griffith, Red Grange and Eight TDs in a game