Category Archives: Sports

Top 10 Northwestern Athletes of All Time

NU's Greatest Athletes

Many incredible athletes have donned purple and white to compete for Northwestern University. But who are the greatest Wildcat athletes of all time? Northwestern magazine has the answer.

Athletes were judged — in collaboration with Northwestern Athletics — on the scale of their individual athletic accomplishments and honors while competing for the Wildcats. Northwestern magazine also solicited fan and alumni opinions through their website, where the University’s 50 greatest athletes were featured in an interactive photo slideshow. These votes were taken into account in addition to athletic accomplishments to determine the top 10, along with two “Fan Favorite” selections.

What do you think of the list?

Journey to Jacksonville: ‘Cats Win!

The Northwestern football team traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to take on Mississippi State University in the 2013 Gator Bowl. A large contingent of students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans joined the team for the historic game that resulted in NU’s first bowl victory since 1949. This is the final installment of our blog posts documenting the experience. Read more posts here.

The Wildcat faithful waited 64 years for this moment, and when victory appeared imminent, a surreal euphoria set in quickly. Was this really happening? Kain Colter took a knee in victory formation, and it was officially in the books: Northwestern University defeated Mississippi State University 34-20 to become the 2013 Gator Bowl champions.

Happy NU Year!The ‘Cats played a fantastic game of football, but the recap of the X’s and O’s can’t quite capture the Purple Pride that instantly erupted on the field, in the stands and wherever members of the Northwestern community were watching the game around the world. After time expired on the game clock, the football team immediately ran over to a corner of EverBank Field for the traditional post-game victory serenade of “Go U! Northwestern” with the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band (NUMB) and the fans. As you can see in our Game Day photo gallery, Northwestern had strong support in Jacksonville from passionate fans who wear their NU love right on their sleeve…or their purple wig…or their purple suits. It was a truly historic day and a wonderful start to 2013. It’s a great time to be a Wildcat! Happy NU Year!