Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson

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)

As a youngster, who were your favorite professional athletes?

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.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: July 8, 2018

Letterman, captain, record-holder, Olympian, Hall of Famer ... Franklin Pitcher "Pitch" Johnson was all of these during a storied career that began with coach Harry Gill's Illinois track and field team.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: July 1, 2018

On May 14, the United States Supreme Court nullified a 1992 federal law that barred individual states for deciding for themselves whether to allow wagering on athletic events. If the old idiom was accurate, it was a day the University of Illinois's "Father of Athletics" George Huff rolled over in his grave.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: June 24, 2018

Thirty-three years ago today —June 24, 1985— longtime University of Illinois faculty representative Leslie Bryan died at the age of 85. From 1959-68, he represented the university and its faculty in the UI's relationships with the NCAA and the Big Ten, and also chaired UI's Athletic Council, the faculty's voice on issues of academic policy related to student-athletes.

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