6.. NIU has had a 1000-yard rusher every year since 1999 with the exception of 2008.
7. The school is ranked 189th by the U.S. News & World Report, tied with New Mexico State and University of Colorado--Denver. Undergraduate population is 17,306.
8. Has ranked in the Top Five on the Academic Progress Rate for football players in each of the last five years.
9. NFL players currently playing: Larry English, linebacker, San Diego; Doug Free, offensive tackle, Dallas; Nathan Palmer, wide receiver, Indianapolis; Michael Turner, running back, Atlanta.
10. Some famous alumni: Joan Allen, Dan Castellante (voice of Homer Simpson), actor Woody Harris, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and, of course, your old RoadDog (well, in his mind, anyway) Class of '73.
Win One for the Little Guys, NIU. --RoadDog
WHAT SHE SAYS AND WHAT SHE MEANS: I heard a noise. = I noticed you were almost asleep.