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Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Arael Doolittle

The former Illini football player celebrates his 48th birthday today. He moved to the Champaign-Urbana campus following two seasons of juco ball at Cisco Junior College, 150 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas. Doolittle missed 11 games in 1985 because of a foot injury, but he bounced back to letter at offensive tackle in 1986 and ’87. Playing for Coach Mike White, his Illini teammates included Scott Davis, Anthony Williams, Darryl Usher and Keith Jones. Doolittle received his bachelor’s degree in 1988, majoring in computer science. He has been owner and vice president at Pinnacle Title Company since 2006 and has served as Chief Operating Office of PGI Energy, Inc., in Houston since 2011.

Illini Birthdays
Today: Larry Ashley, football (52)
Monday: Laura Bush, volleyball (44)
Tuesday: Mike Wells, football (62)
Wednesday: Rashard Mendenhall, football (26)
Thursday: Tim McCarthy, football (64)
Friday: Randy Crews, basketball/baseball (65)
Saturday: Terika Smith, track & field

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)

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