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Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

 

Headliners included Antwaan Randle El, George Taliaferro, James Brewer, Tandon Doss and Courtney Roby. It was a fun day out at Memorial Stadium, as the who’s-who of Indiana Football helped run a youth clinic before the Cream versus Crimson game on Saturday April 13th, 2013. I actually got the chance to talk with Mr. Taliaferro, who said he’s been in Bloomington for some time now, just “enjoying life.” It was a refreshing day at The Rock to say the least.

Kris Dielman

Posted: April 8, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Football
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Kris Dielman was an absolute load at IU. He played offense and defense, playing both tight end and defensive line. Under Cam Cameron, Dielman excelled, particularly as a blocker. He was a huge part to the success of star quarterback Antwaan Randle El.

Dielman went on to earn All-Big Ten honors his junior year, and was an absolute beat on the defensive line after Cam Cameron departed for the NFL and Dielman’s future team, the San Diego Chargers. Dielman was named a captain his senior year, and went on to be undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft.

He was later signed by the Chargers, and was eventually converted from defensive tackle to offensive guard. Before long, Dielman was a staple on the Chargers offensive line, and was a crucial part to Hall-of-Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s record breaking season in 2006.

After that, Dielman went on to four Pro Bowls, and was a two-time All-Pro in 2008 and 2009.

His reputation throughout the NFL was that he was the football equivalent to the “Bash Bros” of the Mighty Ducks, and was the team’s tone-setting enforcer. That carried him to a successful career, but one that was cut short after 9 seasons and multiple injuries.

Dielman suffered numerous concussions, ultimately leading to a seizure on the team plane after leaving the game against the New York Jets in 2011. That would be Dielman’s last NFL game, as he announced his retirement in February of 2012.

George Taliaferro and his wife Honorable Judge Viola Taliaferro view an exhibit honoring their achievements.

George Taliaferro and his wife Honorable Judge Viola Taliaferro view an exhibit honoring their achievements.

 

George Taliaferro is the Jackie Robinson of football. His impact on the game is truly transcendent. He was the first ever African-American drafted in the National Football League, selected in the thirteenth round by the Chicago Bears in 1949.

Taliaferro led the Hoosiers to their only undefeated Big Ten Championship season in 1945, and would later go on to become a three-time All American as a running back, quarterback and punter. Taliaferro, after getting drafted, opted to play for the Los Angeles Dons of the All America Football Conference before eventually playing five seasons in the NFL. He made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1951 to 1953.

Taliaferro, a book on George with a forward by former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.

I’d argue that Taliaferro is one of the most under-appreciated heroes in sports, breaking the color barrier on pro football around the same time Jackie Robinson put on his Dodger-blue.

“The thing that I liked most about football, was hitting people,” Taliaferro said. “It allowed me to vent my frustrations with being discriminated against in the United States.”

Taliaferro often isn’t recognized as exclusively as the likes of Jackie Robinson, when discussing the impact he had on sports and the civil rights movement. What he did was bigger than sports. Despite facing a lifetime of racism, bigotry and discrimination, Taliaferro overcame, and prospered. He helped the Indiana University president end segregation in the city of Bloomington and on the Indiana campus.

Taliaferro’s impact goes beyond the realm of athletic competition. He was an American hero, and one that deserves more appreciation for his achievements. He will forever have a place in the Indiana Hall-of-Fame, and in the hearts of all those who struggled before he broke through.

Today, Taliaferro is 86 years young, and still lives happily with his wife in Bloomington.

 

Google is a powerful thing. Maybe too powerful. It can be hard to find just what you’re looking for. Sometimes there’s just TOO much going on. Want to keep up with the Hoosiers but you’re not sure where? Here’s some links to popular IU blogs and news sources for the past, present and future of IU Athletics.

Peegs, the official rivals.com site for just Indiana. Subscribe and get access to exclusive forums and information. (http://indiana.rivals.com/)

The Crimson Quarry. Sounds like it’d be just football, but you can find information and post your own views on most major sports at IU. You can even purchase tickets for upcoming events! (http://www.crimsonquarry.com/)

Hoosier Hype. The student led blog associated with the Indiana Student Daily. (http://www.idsnews.com/blogs/hoosierhype/)

Hoosier Sports Nation. It pretty much has it all. “A forum of the people, by the people, for the people.” A lot of student contribution and solid information. Follow them on twitter, too. (http://www.hoosiersportsnation.com/)

Indiana University Insider. Want something more “professional?” From the office of the Indy Star, this source is updated by hired journalists, not students. I’m not convinced that’s always better, but you might find less grammatical errors. (http://blogs.indystar.com/hoosiersinsider/)

Hoosier Hystoria. A fun flash back of what IU athletics used to be. Articles from the archives of the Bloomington Herald-Times. (http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/hoosiershq/historia/)

 

Check out what former Hoosier Tracy Porter has done in his NFL career thus far.

A very underrated corner, Porter is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He played four seasons in New Orleans with the Saints, before signing a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos last season.

He has a knack for the big play, you could say…

 

 

This is how freshly graduated Hoosiers Adam Replogle, Larry Black Jr. and Will Matte thought they performed in front of NFL scouts for 2013 Indiana Pro Day at Mellencamp Pavilion.

Replogle tied the combine high for the bench press with 38 reps, and Matte tied for second among centers with 31 reps. They all were satisfied with how they performed, and all three were great leaders at IU. Replogle is an absolute beast, and likely has a legit shot to get picked up. All three are hard workers and can make it at the next level given the right opportunity or circumstance, as coach Kevin Wilson points out:

Here is what the Twitterverse had for IU Pro Day 2013:

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Let me preface this by saying I’ve thought Lee Corso was an idiot ever since I heard what he did in 1981.

As head coach at Indiana, Ohio State scored the first touchdown of the game, but proceeded to miss the extra point, leading 6-0. As Corso’s Hoosiers trailed 6-0, they marched down the field and scored to take the lead 7-6. At this point, Corso calls a timeout and has his team assemble under the scoreboard, where he had a photographer take a picture of his team and the score. He wanted evidence that his team was once beating Ohio State.

Woody Hayes proceeded to run up the score on the Hoosiers, winning 47-7. Not so fast, my friend.

Fast-forward to 2013, where Lee Corso still has a job as a host for College Gameday.

Can we please get someone with some actual insight, and not just a circus clown for this upcoming season? Is that too much to ask?

Here are Lee’s best moments on ESPN that consist of expletives, making a fool out of himself, and giving Hoosiers everywhere a bad name. Here’s to you, Lee.