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October 29, 2010

Screen capture of Position Tech webpageA “New in Chicago” column on, a website powered by Crain’s, features a company founded by four former NIU football players.

Three of the players are graduates of the College of Business while the fourth earned a degree in communications from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

According to the article, “Four former Northern Illinois University football players started this company in Chicago’s River North, introducing a new kind of cleats in late September. Position Tech’s football cleats can be customized, and the company has specific designs for the various positions on a team. ‘In football, the demands upon each position differ significantly, from defensive linemen to wide receivers, and we know that successful footwork is instrumental to beating opponents,’ says CEO Erek Benz, who founded the company with former teammates Dan Nicholson, Christian Anderson and David Pickard. NCAA approval of the Position Tech cleats system is pending. And patents are pending on the company’s four customizable models of football cleats: Agility, Balance, Power and Speed.”