Twenty-one years ago, Illinois track and field standout Aaron Mobarak won first-team Academic All-America honors. His 3.9-plus grade-point average and back-to-back Big Ten titles in the triple jump earned him honors in this club of overachievers.
Upon the conclusion of his academic career at Illinois, Mobarak secured a master's degree in business administration from Harvard.
Today, he is co-president of Dixon Midland Co., a private investment firm in Chicago that acquires and manages growth-oriented companies.
Mobarak and his wife, Maureen, have five children. Other non-football and men's basketball Illini athletes who were first-team Academic All-Americans since 1980:
YEAR — NAME, SPORT
1980 — Liz Brauer, women's basketball
1982 — Lisa Robinson, women's basketball
1989-90 — Laura Bush, volleyball
1995 — Steve Marianetti, wrestling
1996 — Renee Gamboa, swimming
2000 — Jason Anderson, baseball
2004 — Bob Rogers, gymnastics
2005-06 — Alex Tirapelle, wrestling
2010 — Angela Bizzarri, track & field
Sunday: Amanda Pintaro, track & field (26)
Monday: Dana Brenner, administrator (58)
Tuesday: Deron Williams, basketball (28)
Wednesday: Jerry Mettile, basketball (67)
Thursday: Mike Bellamy, football (46)
Friday: Denise Lamborn, gymnastics (44)
Saturday: Anthony Williams, football (47)
By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)
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