Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Sept. 16, 2018

On this date in 1983, one day before Illinois’ home opener against Stanford, Fighting Illini Director of Athletics Neale Stoner announced that every ticket to every UI home football game had been sold.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Sept. 9, 2018

Illinois running back Harry Jefferson played in the shadows of J.C. Caroline, Abe Woodson, Mickey Bates, Bobby Mitchell and Ray Nitschke, but despite that competition put together a fine career as a member of coach Ray Eliot's team from 1954-55.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Sept. 2, 2018

Happy 24th Birthday to legend Isaiah Martinez, one of only four Illinois varsity wrestling alumni to win two NCAA titles.

Recruited by coach Jim Heffernan, Martinez traveled more than 2,100 miles to attend the University of Illinois from his home in Lemoore, Calif.

He was redshirted as a true freshman, then began a dominating run of his Big Ten competition in the 2014-15 season.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Aug. 26, 2018

On this date in 1964, former three-sport Illinois standout Norton E. "Swede" Hellstrom died at the age of 68.

Born a first-generation American in 1896, Hellstrom was the son of Swedish immigrants. He attended Evanston Township High School, the same school that sent UI Hall of Famers Chuck Carney and Alex Agase to play for the Illini.

Illini Legends Lists & Lore: Quarterbacks' first starts

There's a decent chance that Fighting Illini football will have a new starting quarterback on September 1st when it hosts Kent State in the season opener.

You'll remember that Cam Thomas got his first start last season against Purdue, but AJ Bush, M.J. Rivers, Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor all qualify as first-time Illini starters.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Josh Whitman (Aug. 12)

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Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: July 29, 2018

During every stage of his life, former Illini wrestler Eric Siebert has made an impact.

As a prep at LaSalle-Peru High School under his dad, Mark Siebert, Eric won the first state title in Cavaliers wrestling history (145 pounds).

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: July 22, 2018

Happy 35th birthday on Monday to Illinois football receiver-turned-cornerback Kelvin Hayden.

Illini Legends Lists & Lore: July 15, 2018

Forty-nine years ago on this date in Illini history — July 15, 1969 — University of Illinois legend Burt Ingwersen died at the age of 70.

Illinois' first nine letter-winner, the Bryant, Iowa, native won monograms in 1917, '18 and '19 for coach Bob Zuppke as an All-Big Ten and second-team All-America tackle.