Thursday, January 29, 2009

Illini in XLIII

After the Illini face Iowa in Champaign on Sunday, our attention will turn (with the rest of the world) to Tampa, where the Arizona Cardinals will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here are the Illini to watch (in alphabetical order):
Carey Davis: Fullback for the Steelers. This former Illini bounced around as a free agent before landing a contract in Pittsburgh.
Nathan Hodel: Long snapper for the Cardinals. He has played in 96 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team. He was also a pitcher at Illinois.
Rashard Mendenhall: Ok, so Rashard won't be playing, after suffering a season-ending injury in his first start, but he's worth mentioning. I can't help but have a soft spot for the team that took this Illini record holder in the first round of the draft.
Neil Rackers: The Cardinals kicker was one of the few bright spots during some long Illini football seasons. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2005, and has is very consistent.

So the question is, which team to cheer for Sunday? I'm hoping for a competitive game, but I'll gladly cheer for the Arizona kicking game, and I'll be looking for contributions from #38 (Davis) when Pittsburgh as the ball.


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