Former Huskies quarterback and south-side native Jordan Lynch, a member of the Chicago Bears, will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. game between the Detroit Tigers and host Chicago White Sox.
Lynch signed with the Bears in May as a running back. At Northern Illinois University, he completed 509-of-824 passes for 6,209 yards, 51 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Heisman Trophy finalist became the fifth player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain more than 4,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards passing in a career.
Lynch, a product of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, led NIU to a 24-4 record in two seasons as the Huskies’ starting quarterback with three wins over Bowl Championship Series teams and a Mid-American Conference championship. The Huskies never lost a home game during his four active seasons.
He broke 25 school records and set five NCAA FBS marks, including breaking the single-season and single-game marks for rushing yards by a quarterback twice apiece. He accounted for 100 total touchdowns in his four-year NIU career (51 passing, 48 rushing, one receiving) and averaged 7.1 yards per play for his career.
Lynch made history at NIU in multiple areas – first by leading the Huskies to the first BCS appearance by a Mid-American Conference team when NIU met Florida State in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. His third-place finish in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting gave him the highest finish ever by a MAC player for the top college football award.
“He’s a great football player,” NIU head football coach Rod Carey said. “He’ll adjust and be able to (play running back). I’ll look forward to seeing him. There is no doubt in my mind that he can be great.”
In addition to Thursday’s game, NIU alumni, students, supporters, faculty and staff are invited to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, July 19, for NIU Night. Fans can receive discounted admission for the July 19 game by ordering at whitesox.com/niu and entering “NIU” as the promotion code.