I was surprised and humbled by a phone call I received from a former professor, Dr. Hubie Dunn, at Northern Illinois University this past Thursday night. He had called to inform me of my selection by the Northern Star (the NIU official newspaper) as one of the Top 50 of All Time who have competed for the Huskies. I was in even more shock when he told me that I was chosen #8 on a list of athletes that included the #16th round pick in the 2009 NFL draft Larry English and former NFL player and Heisman trophy candidate LeShon Johnson. This is in addition to other current/former NFL players, basketball greats, and a slew of other well-deserving athletes from a variety of sports.
It was very unexpected and I would like to personally take a moment to thank the University, the Northern Star, and anyone else associated with the selection process. I am honored that all of you would consider me one among such a prestigious group of athletes. The opportunity that NIU gave me, not only as an athlete but as a student, was extraordinary as it holds a special place for me as one of the best experiences in my life. I will never forget my time at Northern and can only wish that every collegiate athlete has an experience as positive as the one I had there.
Thanks for the memories NIU!!!
And to all parents of young athletes who might read this post, make sure to keep everything in perspective. The process will always outweigh the outcome.