Best former Fighting Illini in the NFL

Pierre Thomas
4
50%
Brandon Lloyd
2
25%
Steve Weatherford
2
25%
 
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Enough of that Wisconsin noise, let's talk about a REAL college football powerhouse.

Dick Butkus all-time, obviously, but right now it's gotta be Pierre.
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Sure, Nitschke, Butkus, but it's gotta go to Red Grange.
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If we're going kickers, what about Rackers?
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Griffimo wrote:the hell, Illinois now, who's next? Hofstra?


Saginaw Valley FTW :thumbright:

And from an "all-time" rather than contemporary list, Simeon Rice worth a shout.

Wouldnt win, but definitely worth mentioning :)
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Niel Rackers
Brandon Lloyd
Kurt Kitner


Theres just too many great players to name.
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Did Juice Williams ever make it to the NFL? He gets my vote
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That's not Boom Boom Brown. :?
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Whoever went on to play for the Detroit lions.



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Actually, Illinois has had some pretty darn good players - you just wonder why they can't win at the collegiate level.

Jeff George
Tony Eason
Jack Trudeau
David Diehl
Scott Studwell
Calvin Thomas
Howard Griffith
Preston Pearson
Eugene Wilson
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Mercilus would win the inaugural Webster Slaughter/Mack Strong name contest if it wasn't for his first name Whitney and of course Dick Butkus.
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RotoMoto wrote:Mercilus would win the inaugural Webster Slaughter/Mack Strong name contest if it wasn't for his first name Whitney and of course Dick Butkus.


His first name should be Zeus, or Tank.

That would make him awesome even if he never played a down.
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The BlueBeards wrote:Sure, Nitschke, Butkus, but it's gotta go to Red Grange.



Leave it to the resident Historian..

Yes..The Red Grange.

Also..I would so love to see a resurgence of a national Power in Illinois..or Purdue..a first in Indiana or Northwestern

I love the Big ten schools..great Americana.
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