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NFL prospect pushes for goal

UW-Whitewater football defensive lineman Mackenzie Balanganayi, during a game against
UW-Eau Claire, at Perkins Stadium in October 2019. - Dane Sheehan

Hannah Michalowski, Sports Editor

October 4, 2020

Last week I sat down with NFL prospect Mackenzie Balanganayi, Defensive Linemen for UW-Whitewater. Balanganayi hopes to be drafted in 2021. He shared with me how he got this far, and what expectations he holds himself to. I recently read up on your interview with NFL Draft Diamonds. What was it like...

Trewyn following Kumerow’s footsteps

Dylan Piccolo, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2019

Thirty-two NFL teams will make their selections in the 2019 NFL Draft in April, and front offices will choose the future of their organization based on a full body of work. If you look at UW-Whitewater graduate and current NFL prospect Nate Trewyn’s resume, you can see why he is deserving of the ...

You have a right to sit, stand or kneel

You have a right to sit, stand or kneel

Royal Purple, Editorial Staff

September 26, 2017

People are taking a stand by not standing. When at least 200 NFL players knelt, locked arms or neglected to appear during the National Anthem at all, they were protesting President Donald Trump's comments on being punished or fired if they choose not to  stand for the National Anthem. The Pitts...

Concussions threaten future of the NFL

February 16, 2016

Royal Purple Staff Opinion Feb. 16, 2016 Last week, we celebrated Super Bowl 50 with the same ritualistic precision as any American holiday. Nachos were eaten,  and those tiny, little cocktail weenies were consumed as we watched grown men smash each other’s faces in on the gridiron.  Those men are...

Talk, or be talked about

January 21, 2015

Jan. 21, 2015 By  Connor Moore Bill Belichick and Marshawn Lynch. What do these men all have in common? Both have won at least won one NFL championship. Another similarity is that both are, for the most part, complete jerks to the media. If you watch sports enough you know that between Belichick’s...

Doubting Jake Kumerow is a mistake

Doubting Jake Kumerow is a mistake

January 21, 2015

Jan. 21, 2015 By Justin St. Peter Jake Kumerow is no stranger to having to prove himself. From growing up with a dad that played in the NFL, to being a preferred walk-on for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and becoming UW-Whitewater’s star wide receiver, proving himself should not be...

Domestic violence in the National Football League

October 16, 2014

Oct. 15 2014 Every Sunday countless individuals gather around their living room televisions to watch in anticipation as their favorite professional football team strives for a win. Watching NFL has become such a tradition for the men and boys of America that it is no wonder their recent negative attention...

Former Warhawk scores tryout with Jets

November 27, 2012

  By Andrew Bayliss When Lane Olson played football for UW-Whitewater during the 2010 season, he had 32 more tackles than anyone else on the team. Now, defensive players are struggling to tackle him. After his final year as a Warhawk, Olson got an opportunity to play professionally in the...

Blanchard finds home after UW-W

September 6, 2012

  When former Warhawk quarterback Matt Blanchard arrived on campus in 2009 after transferring from  Northern Michigan, the NFL was one of the last things on his mind. Then, his assignment was to back up starting quarterback, Jeff Donovan. In addition to quarterback, Blanchard worked at wide...

Devin Cramer, football player, commits to UW-W

February 15, 2012

Choosing the right college is potentially one of the hardest decisions an athlete can make. Not only does the sport he/she plays have to fit in to the decision, but the school and community as well. For Devin Cramer, choosing UW-Whitewater came easy, even though he passed up an offer from a Division-I...

Blanchard has NFL in mind

February 8, 2012

This past Saturday, former UW-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard continued his NFL preparation campaign by playing in the Player’s All-Star Classic. This game is held annually in Little Rock, Ark., for potential NFL prospects to showcase their abilities. The Player’s All-Star Classic capped...

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