Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will work as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, the annual summer football camp run by legendary quarterback Archie Manning and his sons Cooper, Peyton and Eli in Thibodaux, La., after receiving a personal invitation from Archie Manning earlier this month.
Lynch joins many of the nation’s top returning collegiate quarterbacks as one of the counselors at the camp, which takes place from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14.
“It was cool to get the call from Archie Manning,” Lynch said. “It was kind of surreal to be talking to a NFL legend. It’s a great opportunity to go there with all the top quarterbacks in the nation, not to mention getting the chance to be around Archie, Peyton and Eli for four days. I’m excited.”
The Manning Passing Academy celebrates its 18th anniversary in 2013 working with high school aged (entering grades eight through 12) running backs, tight ends, wide receivers and quarterbacks. The Manning family is involved in every aspect of the camp, works closely with the campers and counselors, and lives and eats on campus with the campers and staff through the weekend.
Archie Manning played for the New Orleans Saints for 10 full seasons and was twice selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. As a collegiate quarterback at Ole Miss, he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1969 and was third in 1970.
He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and currently serves as chairman of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is an active member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl committee. His sons, Peyton (Denver Broncos) and Eli (New York Giants), are both Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. The Mannings have been called the “first family of football.”
Lynch, who was a finalist for the Manning Quarterback Award a year ago, became the first player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,500, as a junior. He finished the 2012 season ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I.
The Chicago native – a product of Mt. Carmel High School – led Northern Illinois to a 12-game winning streak, capped by a victory in the MAC title game over Kent State in double overtime, and a historic spot in the Discover Orange Bowl. NIU became the first Mid-American Conference team to play in a Bowl Championship Series game.
Lynch earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele’s Magazine a year ago, won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. He finished seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy.
NIU has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch for 2013 centered around a theme of “Jordan Lynch for 6.”
Current website features include video highlights and features, biographical information, statistics, records and more. Along with the website, Northern Illinois has created a Twitter page @Lynchfor6 which will tweet links to stories on Lynch and the Huskies, interesting facts about Lynch on and off the field, including the “Lynch Fact of the Day,” called #LynchLines. NIU has also re-launched the Jordan Lynch for 6 Facebook page originally created last year.
Lynch and the Huskies open the 2013 season at Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 31, and play their first home game Saturday, Sept. 21, versus Eastern Illinois at Huskie Stadium. Northern Illinois has a 21-game home winning streak at Huskie Stadium dating back to 2009. Season tickets for all five home games can be ordered for just $100 (general public) with discounts for youth, senior citizens, faculty and staff, and NIU Alumni Association and Varsity Club members.
For more information on NIU football and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.