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Collins-Spann.jpgFrom the where are they now file, I received this note from former Huskie center McAllister Collins Saturday afternoon. Collins, who played for the Huskies from 1997-2000, was a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2000 and he was teammates with Huskie greats Justin McCariens, Ryan Diem and Thomas Hammock.

Collins, who is attending the prestigious Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst, met up with another former Huskie last week - Chad Spann. Spann, who had just signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, was on the trip to London where the Buccaneers faced off against the Chicago Bears. It was a reunion of sorts as the two had met before Spann had attended Northern Illinois.

My name is McAllister Collins and I will ALWAYS be a proud Huskie!  Upon departing from NIU I enjoyed a brief stint in the National Football League which was followed by continued work within the sports industry.  A couple years ago, I decided to "answer the call" and am now a Military Intelligence (Branch Detail - FIeld Artillery) Officer in the United States Army.  I was selected (from hundreds of potential candidates) and am now attending the Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst (RMAS).  RMAS is essentially the "West Point" for the British Army, except it is the sole commissioning source of British Army Officers.  As I am sure you are aware, in The United States, we also have ROTC and Officer Candidate School (OCS). 
Since I am one of only 10 Americans who have ever attended Sandhurst in the Academy's long, proud history, the administrators here try their best to get me involved in anything occurring closeby that is of American origin.  As such, we attended practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday (October 20) in preparation for their matchup against the Chicago Bears this Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.  You can only imagine the joy I felt in my heart when I saw NIU's very own, Chad Spann, walking off of the practice field.  I actually met Chad back in his hometown years prior during a mentoring program run by a service organization in which I am a former member.  I introduced myself to him all those years ago when he mentioned that his goal was to attend Northern Illinois University and play football.  As a former Huskie football player myself ('97-'00, DT, OT, C), I became somewhat of an advisor for Chad and his family.  Who would have thought that over five years later, Chad and I would meet again in one of the most unlikely places. 
I have attached a photo of Chad and myself.  It's always great to see and meet new (and old) Huskies all over the world.
Go Huskies!
2LT McAllister Collins, Field Artillery
NIU Football - 1997-2000
By the way, of course I'm rooting for the Bears!!!!


Chad Spann.jpgAnother former Northern Illinois University football player was signed by an NFL squad. A week after Tracy Wilson was signed to the New York Jets practice, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the signing of Chad Spann to the Buccaneer practice squad. Spann was on the team flight to London, England where the Bucs will face the Bears. Good thing Spann had his passport in order after the Huskies trip to Toronto for the 2010 International Bowl.


Chad Spann 2.jpgPhillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star caught up with former Huskie and current Indianapolis Colt, Chad Spann, in this Q&A. The Indianapolis native talked about his time at Northern Illinois and what it means to him to be a part of the running back legacy at NIU. He also mentioned meeting another fellow Huskie, left tackle Ryan Diem, and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.


With news the NFL lockout may be coming to an end soon, a pair of former Huskies are hopeful they get a call by one of the 32 NFL teams. Rick Armstrong of the Beacon News caught up with running back Chad Spann, the 2010 Vern Smith Leadership Award winner, and wide receiver Landon Cox at Larry English's camp at Marmion Academy last week to get their thoughts on the possible end of the lockout and their hopes of playing professionally.


Spann-Chad.jpgAndrea Adelson of is counting down the Top 25 non-AQ players of 2010. Northern Illinois University tailback and 2010 Vern Smith Award winner Chad Spann comes in at No. 18 on the countdown. Spann had an incredible 2010 campaign, rushing for a league-leading 1,388 yards, his second straight 1,000-yard season, and scoring a school-record 22 touchdowns.


Chad Spann 2.jpgBy now, all Huskie fans know the story of former NIU running back Chad Spann. Marc Telander summed up Spann's career in this piece on, telling the former walk-on's story to an audience in a different part of the country. Spann, who played in the game for Texas (even though he's from Indiana), started for the Lone Star State in the game Feb. 5, 2011 in the Alamodome.


Harnish Award.jpgA pair of Huskies had a busy Super Bowl weekend. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was in Columbus, Ohio Saturday evening where he was honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus as the 2010 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Harnish was also named MVP of the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl and the uDrove Humanitarian Award. 

You might recall former Huskie defensive end Jake Coffman was honored by the same organization last year as its 2009 Male Athlete of the Year. It was a tremendous experience for Jake, and we're sure Chandler was just a memorable. We'll have a story on Harnish's weekend at

Just before the Touchdown Club of Columbus' annual awards banquet, one of Chandler's former teammates was in action on the gridiron. Chad Spann started for Team Texas, (yes we realize Chad is from Indiana, but due to a shortage of Texas running backs in the game, he was "traded" and we'll leave it at that) in the NFLPA Texas vs. the Nation at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  Spann helped lead Team Texas to a 13-7 win over the Nation.


Chad Spann.jpgNorthern Illinois University running back Chad Spann will be playing for the Nation in the NFL Players Association Game: Texas vs. the Nation. He opted to play in this more established game, now in its fourth year, rather than participate in the inaugural Eastham Energy College All-Star game. Spann will be the second Huskie to play in the game as Eddie Adamski represented the Huskies on the Nation last year.

Spann is one of three running backs on the Nation's roster and the only player from the Mid-American Conference.

The game will be played Feb.5, 2011 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CST. In the four-year history of the game, more than 400 players have played in the NFL Players Association Game have singed NFL contracts. Former Atlanta Falcon head coach Jerry Glanville will coach the Nation.

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