HUSKIE REUNION

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Collins-Spann.jpgFrom the where are they now file, I received this note from former Huskie center McAllister Collins Saturday afternoon. Collins, who played for the Huskies from 1997-2000, was a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2000 and he was teammates with Huskie greats Justin McCariens, Ryan Diem and Thomas Hammock.

Collins, who is attending the prestigious Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst, met up with another former Huskie last week - Chad Spann. Spann, who had just signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, was on the trip to London where the Buccaneers faced off against the Chicago Bears. It was a reunion of sorts as the two had met before Spann had attended Northern Illinois.

My name is McAllister Collins and I will ALWAYS be a proud Huskie!  Upon departing from NIU I enjoyed a brief stint in the National Football League which was followed by continued work within the sports industry.  A couple years ago, I decided to "answer the call" and am now a Military Intelligence (Branch Detail - FIeld Artillery) Officer in the United States Army.  I was selected (from hundreds of potential candidates) and am now attending the Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst (RMAS).  RMAS is essentially the "West Point" for the British Army, except it is the sole commissioning source of British Army Officers.  As I am sure you are aware, in The United States, we also have ROTC and Officer Candidate School (OCS). 
 
Since I am one of only 10 Americans who have ever attended Sandhurst in the Academy's long, proud history, the administrators here try their best to get me involved in anything occurring closeby that is of American origin.  As such, we attended practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday (October 20) in preparation for their matchup against the Chicago Bears this Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.  You can only imagine the joy I felt in my heart when I saw NIU's very own, Chad Spann, walking off of the practice field.  I actually met Chad back in his hometown years prior during a mentoring program run by a service organization in which I am a former member.  I introduced myself to him all those years ago when he mentioned that his goal was to attend Northern Illinois University and play football.  As a former Huskie football player myself ('97-'00, DT, OT, C), I became somewhat of an advisor for Chad and his family.  Who would have thought that over five years later, Chad and I would meet again in one of the most unlikely places. 
 
I have attached a photo of Chad and myself.  It's always great to see and meet new (and old) Huskies all over the world.
 
Go Huskies!
2LT McAllister Collins, Field Artillery
NIU Football - 1997-2000
 
By the way, of course I'm rooting for the Bears!!!!