Apr 14 2021
6. GEORGE BORK, AKA MR. 3000 | JULIAN EDELMAN (GUEST: KALEB CARTER)
Did you know that college football's first-ever 3,000-yard passer came through Northern Illinois?
Kaleb Carter (@Kaleb_M_Carter on Twitter), formerly of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and Hustle Belt, currently 1/2 of MAC Football Forever on YouTube, joins the show to talk about the legend of George Bork and what his impact on NIU football has been ever since he played football there 50 years ago. Bork was the first player in CFB history at any level to throw for 3,000 yards in a season, and had 32 touchdown passes as a senior. He was an All-American in both football and basketball, and is also NIU's first player to ever be inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1963, Bork helped lead NIU to an undefeated season (10-0) to be the #1 small college team in America. NIU maximized its potential to grow from that by building Huskie Stadium (22,500 person capacity) in 1965, and used it to move up to the Division-1A ranks.
Also, Julian Edelman retired from the NFL after a decade-plus of pesky receiver play. He wasn't a natural receiver out of college, just a football player at Kent State that kept being overlooked until Bill Belichick made him a 7th-round draft pick in 2009. Edelman was never an All-Pro selection, but he ended up having one of the most historic postseason careers of any NFL receiver in history. Edelman is the first, and only, MAC graduate to win a Super Bowl MVP award.
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