FB/BB/BASE: Northwestern's Graham Named Big Ten Icon No. 14

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Northwestern's Otto Graham has been named Big Ten Icon No. 14. The countdown of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 26, with a profile of the Waukegan, Ill., native, who was an All-American in football and basketball for the Wildcats.

Graham came to Evanston on a basketball scholarship, and was the team's captain and leading scorer, earning All-America honors in 1944. On the Northwestern baseball team, Graham was a .300 hitter and centerfielder. Graham may never have played football or embarked on a Hall of Fame career if he hadn't been discovered in a fraternity football league by Northwestern coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf in the fall of 1940. The following year, Graham was in the Wildcats' starting lineup, where he would stay all three years. During his senior year, Graham won the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football as Big Ten MVP and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Few athletes have ever been as accomplished, not to mention as versatile." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Graham, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

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