The Best of Northern Illinois University Football (1899-1998)

Fran Cahill
Fran Cahill, All-Purpose

John Ivanic
John Ivanic, PK
OFFENSE
Pos.No.PlayerYears LetteredHt.Wt.Hometown
WR87John Spilis1966-686-4217South Holland, IL
 NIU's top NFL draft pick (64th player) / College All-Star Game / 22 career TD catches
 6Dave Petzke1977-786-1180Faribault, MN
 Third-Team AP All-America / NCAA 1-A Receiving champ / MAC Player of Year / All-MAC
WR84Hugh Rohrschneider 1960-636-6214Burlington, IL
 Two-time Little All-America & NCAA II Receiving champ / North-South Shrine Game / All-IIAC
 42Gary Stearns1960-636-0180Freeport, IL
 Honorable Mention Little All-America / Record 17 catches vs. Central Michigan / All-IIAC
TE88Jim Hannula1977-806-6235Elgin, IL
 NFL draft pick / All-MAC & All-MAC Academic / MAC Punting champion
 85Ken Moore1974-766-3226Chicago, IL
 NFL draft pick / All-America Bowl / All-MAC / MAC Player of Week
OL54Randy Clark 1977-796-3235Mount Prospect, IL
 NFL draft pick & All-Pro / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC
 78Dan Rosado1977-796-3252Canton, GA
 "Late" pro career with Houston (USFL & NFL), Miami (NFL), San Diego (NFL)
OL71Scott Bolzan1980-836-5269South Holland, IL
 NFL draft pick / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / Cal Bowl captain
 77Dale Berman1958-596-0220Grand Ridge, IL
 First-Team All-IIAC / Called "best O-line player and technician" in Fletcher era
OL76Todd Peat 1983-866-2294Champaign, IL
 NFL All-Rookie & draft pick / Third-Team AP All-America / Two-time All-MAC
 33Tego Larsen 1936-386-1185DeKalb, IL
 IIAC Player of Year / Two-time All-IIAC / Played service ball at Fort Knox
OL77Ted Karamanos 1984-876-2260Oak Lawn, IL
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / Team MVP
 77Rich Barrent 1979-826-4243Clinton, IA
 USFL Draft pick / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC
C50Eric Wenckowski1988-906-3268Franklin Park, IL
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention Football News All-America
 50Bob Evans1960-635-10190DeKalb, IL
 Honorable Mention All-America / Snapped for College Hall of Fame QB George Bork / All-IIAC
QB11George Bork1960-636-1178Mount Prospect, IL
 Icon of 1963 National Champs / First 3,000-yard passer in NCAA / College FB Hall of Fame
 7Stacey Robinson1988-906-1189Danville, IL
 Honorable Mention All-America / Set eight NCAA marks / NCAA 1-A Scoring champ
FB31Mark Kellar 1971-736-0232Carpentersville, IL
 NFL & WFL draft pick / NCAA 1-A Rushing champ / North-South Shrine Game / MAC Player of Week
 45Adam Dach1988-916-0206Rockford, IL
 Honorable Mention Football News All-America / NFL free agent
HB42LeShon Johnson1992-936-0201Haskell, OK
 NFL draft pick / 6th in Heisman voting / Unanimous First-Team All-America / NCAA Rushing champ
 34Reino Nori 1932-355-6155DeKalb, IL
 NIU's first NFL player / College All-Star Game / NIU's Best Player (1899-1949) / Won 17 letters
PK1Vince Scott1980-835-7160DeKalb, IL
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / beat Kansas with FG
 84John Ivanic1987-905-9165Moline, IL
 WLAF free agent / Honorable Mention All-America / beat Wisconsin with FG
All-22Fran Cahill 1948-516-2192Utica, IL
Purp.NIU's first NFL draft pick / Two-time All-IIAC / Set school's game TD catch record (4)
 20Jack Dean 1961-645-8166DeKalb, IL
 NFL free agent / IIAC Player of Year / Two-time All-IIAC / Team captain

Jerry Meyers
Jerry Meyers, DL

Frank Lewandoski
Frank Lewandoski, LB
The Best of Northern Illinois University Football (1899-1998)
DEFENSE
Pos.No.PlayerYears LetteredHt.Wt.Hometown
DL63Larry Brink1945-476-4210Foley, MN
 NFL free agent / NIU's first All-Pro / Three-time First-Team All-IIAC / Team captain
 86Cary Caliendo1987-906-4242Brookfield, WI
 Honorable Mention Football News All-America / Career tackle for loss leader (53)
DL39Doug Bartlett1983-866-3245Springfield, IL
 NFL draft pick / Two-time Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC
 79Jerry Meyers1973-756-5265Chicago, IL
 NFL draft pick / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team / Team Captain
DL99Scott Kellar 1982-856-3263Roselle, IL
 NFL draft pick / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / MAC Player of Week
 67Max Gill1979-826-2248Merrillville, IN
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / Jefferson Trophy nominee
DL78Hollis Thomas1993-956-1319St. Louis, MO
 NFL All-Rookie & free agent / First-Team All-Big West Conference
 78Steve O'Malley1982-856-3257Oak Forest, IL
 NFL & USFL draft pick / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team / MAC Player of Week
LB50Frank Lewandoski 1976-796-2220Muskegon, MI
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / NIU record 616 career tackles
 60Mike Henigan1960-635-10210DeKalb, IL
 Mineral Water Bowl Outstanding Lineman (1963) / All-IIAC / Team captain
LB55Larry Clark 1970-726-1220Winnebago, IL
 NFL draft pick & free agent / School's No. 3 career tackler (446) / Team captain
 55Mike Terna1977-806-2210Wheaton, IL
 USFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / MAC Player of Year / All-MAC
LB11Bob Gregolunas1973-756-1208Calumet City, IL
 NFL draft pick / School's initial First-Team All-MAC player / Team captain
 40Clarence Vaughn1983-84, 19866-0202Chicago, IL
 NFL draft pick / Only Northern Illinois player with two Super Bowl rings (XXII & XXVI)
DB14Tom Beck 1959-615-10167Chicago, IL
 College FB Hall of Fame / NIU's best two-way player / Little All-America / All-IIAC
 27Jeff Sanders1982-835-6165Kansas City, KS
 CFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / MAC Player of Week
DB36Brett Tucker 1985, 1987-896-0193Sycamore, IL
 NFL draft pick / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team
 43Dan Meyer1964-665-10160Arlington Heights, IL
 NIU's career (16) & game (4) interception leader / All-IIAC / Team MVP and captain
DB12Dave Petway1977-806-2206Chicago, IL
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / Longest TD in NIU history (100 yards)
 21Lee Hicks1981-845-9190Rockford, IL
 All-MAC / MAC Player of Week / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team / Team captain
DB22Rich Marks1971-736-1201Chicago, IL
 NFL draft pick / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team / Team captain
 47Al Eck 1958-605-11180Palatine, IL
 Two-time Little All-America / All-IIAC / No. 2 in NIU career interception yards (221)
P93Tom Wittum 1969-716-0185Round Lake, IL
 NFL draft pick & two-time All-Pro / All-Time Huskie Stadium Team
 9Todd Van Keppel1981-846-3198Valparaiso, IN
 NFL free agent / Honorable Mention AP All-America / All-MAC / MAC Punting champ
Ret-
Spec.
38Rodney Taylor1985-885-7163Davenport, IA
 All-Time Huskie Stadium Team / No. 5 in career all-purpose yardage (3,654)
 3Deon Mitchell1995-985-10179Ft. Wayne, IN
 NFL free agent / No. 1 in career all-purpose yardage (4,732) / Set six NIU KO return marks

All-Century Team: The Next 100
1899-1929 Era:

Bill Anderson, HB (1910-12)
Clarence "Boots" Cannon, HB (1916, 1920-21)
Wes Concidine, E (1924-27)
Navarre Edwards, HB (1909)
Charles "Wix" Garner, QB (1920)
Sanford Givens, HB (1900-02)
Victor Kays, FB (1899-1901)
John McNamara, G (1927-30)
Jack Mustapha, QB (1929-30, 1933)
John "Red" Pace, E (1929-32)
James Sawyer, E (1910-11)
Kennard Seyller, QB (1913-14)
Leland Strombom, HB (1927-30)

1930-39 Era:
Roy "Flip" Allen, E (1935-38)
Ed Behan, E (1938-41)
Elzie Cooper, E (1934-35)
Chet Davis, HB-QB (1935-38)
Lou DeRango, G (1935-37)
Howard Fletcher, T (1938-39)
Karl Hein, T (1933-36)
Bill Howard, T (1932-35)
Ollie Krahenbuhl, FB (1937-40)
Robert Price, E (1938-40)
Alex Saudargas, G (1934-37)
Leonard Skoglund, E (1932-34)
Sam Smith, QB (1938-41, 1946)
Frank Stegman, T-C (1937-40)
John Young, E (1936-39)

1940-49 Era:
Ed Arquilla, G (1941-42, 1946)
Bob Brigham, FB (1947-49)
Duane Cunz, G (1941, 1946)
Bob Duffield, FB-T (1940-42, 1946)
John Farney, HB (1940-42)
Don Fortunato, QB (1946-48)
Bob Fowlie, C (1947-49)
Harry Henigan, FB (1942, 1946-47, 1949)
Floyd Hunsberger, HB (1947-49)
Toimi Jarvi, QB (1938-41)
Ed Mascal, T (1940, 1946)
Bill Minnihan, LB (1946-49)
Jim Patterson, T (1939-41)
Warren Reitzel, G (1946-47)
Dick Williams, E (1944, 1948)

1950-59 Era:
George Acker, G (1949-51)
Julius Brasini, E (1948-51)
Lew Flinn, QB (1957-59)
Bill Graham, HB (1951-54)
Alex Gulotta, G (1954-57)
Bob Heimerdinger, QB (1948-51)
Al Jones, FB-HB (1949-51)
Wes Luedeking, HB (1953-54, 1956)
Jim McKinzie, E (1951-52)
Gil Memmen, C-T (1948-51)
Dan Mojica, HB (1950-51)
Jack Pheanis, FB (1950-52)
Bob Soltis, HB (1956, 1959-60)
Ernie Wickstrom, HB (1949-50)

1960-69 Era:
Ron Christian, QB (1963-65)
Dan DeVito, DHB (1968-70)
Jim Faggetti, LB (1966-68)
Dave Herstedt, T (1962-64)
John Lalonde, FB (1968-70)
Lynn McCann, DT (1961-64)
Dave Mulderink, T (1960-62)
Tom Rosenow, T (1965-67)
Bob Stark, E (1964-65)
Dave Weisendanger, OT (1968-70)

1970-79 Era:
Mike Chelovich, OG (1978-81)
Steve Claussen, TE-DE (1976-79)
Jerry Golsteyn, QB (1973-75)
Willie Hatter, SE (1970-72)
Pete Kraker, QB (1976-78)
Jerry Latin, TB (1972-73)
John Nokes, DE (1970-72)
Don Palochko, OG (1974-76)
Allen Ross, TB (1977-80)

1980-89 Era:
Ron Delisi, LB (1986-89)
Brian Glasgow, TE (1979-82)
Tim Griffin, LB (1982-85)
Ted Hennings, DT (1986-89)
Jim Latanski, TE (1977-80)
Curt Pardridge, SE (1982-85)
Mike Pinckney, WR (1979-80)
Darryl Richardson, TB (1982-85)
Pete Roth, TB-FB (1981-82, 1984)
Gary Schlinger, DE (1981-84)
Marshall Taylor, QB (1985-88)
Tim Tyrrell, QB (1982-83)

1990-98 Era:
Steve Henriksen, LB (1988, 1990-91)
Mitch Jacoby, TE (1993-96)
Gerald Nickelberry, LB (1991-94)
Tim O'Brien, OG (1990-93)
Chris O'Neal, C (1993-94)
Raymond Roberts, TE (1990-93)
C. J. Rose, DE (1992-95)
Derek Sholdice, OT (1992-95)
Mike Sutherland, C (1993-95)
Charles Talley, TB (1993-96)
Scott Van Bellinger, DE (1988-91)
Larry Wynn, FLK (1989-92)

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