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Michael Turner to return Friday for ‘X’s and O’s’

April 10, 2013
Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Northern Illinois great Michael Turner, a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Atlanta Falcons who has rushed for more than 7,300 yards during a nine-year NFL career, has been added to the line-up for Friday’s “Xs and Os with the Pros” event.

Turner will join former Huskie NFL veterans Ryan Diem (Indianapolis Colts, 2001-11) and Garrett Wolfe (Chicago Bears, 2007-10), as well as 2012 NFL rookies Nathan Palmer (Indianapolis Colts), Pat Schiller (Atlanta Falcons) and Chandler Harnish (Indianapolis Colts) for the Huskies’ inaugural men’s football clinic.

The evening will consist of a social hour with wings and beverages, offensive and defensive film breakdown with NIU’s assistant coaches, an insider’s look at a typical game week for the Huskies and a Q&A session with the pros. Every participant will receive a specialized “playbook.”

“X’s and O’s with the Pros” will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center on the NIU campus. A limited number of spaces are still available to join NIU head football coach Rod Carey and his staff and these Northern Illinois greats for this unique event.

Call the NIU External Office at (815) 753-1923 today to register. The $125 price includes a free Huskieland Plan football season ticket, which provides one ticket to each of NIU’s five 2013 home games and $50 in vouchers that can be used for parking or concessions on game day.

Turner, a native of Chicago who starred for the Huskies from 2000-03, rushed for 4,941 yards on a school record 940 carries, scored 43 touchdowns and had 21 100-yard rushing games. He left NIU with the school records for career rushing yards, attempts, rushing touchdowns, and 100-yard games. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL draft and spent four seasons in San Diego before moving to Atlanta in 2008. He was elected to the NFL Pro Bowl following the 2008 and 2010 seasons.

“X’s and O’s with the Pros” marks the start of SpringFest 2013 on the NIU campus, highlighted by the Spring Football Game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

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