Illinois' Mike Hopkins, a 1992 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, has acknowledged that he went to college mostly for one reason: To play football. He had no way of knowing his education would take him as far as it has: 220 miles above the surface of the Earth. Hopkins is a flight engineer for the International Space Station, which launched alongside two Russian cosmonauts on Sept. 25, 2013, on a mission that ended this month (MARCH). That is a long way from the farm he was raised on in Richland, Mo. The astronauts performed around 200 experiments, however the most notorious might be what some have called "the world's greatest selfie."
100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 5
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