PHOTO: Northern Illinois to wear corn-themed jersey for charity

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Eat your heart out, Iowa-Nebraska. Ya snooze, ya lose, rejected 2011 CyHawk trophy. Some programs aren't afraid to mix a little corn into their football.

Programs like, apparently, Northern Illinois . The Huskies announced Thursday that in conjunction with DeKalb's annual CornFest -- this year, held the same weekend as NIU's season opener against FCS Presbyterian -- they would wear special corn-themed jerseys to be auctioned off for charity after the game. Behold:

From the Huskies' announcement:

In addition to recognizing the region's agricultural roots, the special Corn Fest jerseys worn by the Huskies during the season opener will be auctioned online to benefit three worthy local causes. Proceeds from the auction will be split among the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Boy Scout Troop 33, and the Canaday Family, a local family whose eighth-grade son, Christopher, was born with pulmonary atresia and has had 34 surgeries during his young life. Meanwhile, Christopher's father, Mark, an NIU employee, is battling esophageal cancer.

So, yeah, anyone complaining about whether these uniforms look good or not is sorta-kinda totally missing the point. Besides, there's no better place to develop the corn theme than on the shoulder pads, and it kinda looks like this is corn protected by bleeping BARBED WIRE, doesn't it?

In short: thumbs up all the way around, Huskies.

HT: CoachingSearch

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