DEKALB (WIFR) -- After days of Miami heat, hundreds of NIU students returned to a freezing campus. Despite their loss at the Orange Bowl, their Huskie pride is stronger than ever.
“Oh yeah, I got to NIU and people are going to be like weren’t they in the Orange Bowl?” Aaron Essex couldn’t be more proud to be a Huskie. The NIU freshman says going to the Orange Bowl is an experience he’ll cherish forever.
“I met a lot of people and everything was just unbelievable, the game, being able to go down there, the weather, it’s a lot better than here,” Essex said.
Anthony Wood and Rachel Sevik made the trip even more special by getting engaged the night before the game. “It was exciting. The whole trip was an experience to be remembered. I had no idea,” said Rachel.
Thousands of students packed 26 buses for the trip to Miami. It didn’t matter much to them, that the team lost. A native of DeKalb, Sarah Slade, says NIU’s national spotlight drew the community closer together.
“It really warms your hears, wearing Huskies gear. Now I feel a lot more proud. I’m sure a lot of people in the nation know who we are no. We’ve actually made our statement,” said Slade.
Now all eyes will be on NIU to see if they can make an even bigger statement next season. The NIU Football Team has also returned to DeKalb. The campus is still closed for winter break. Classes resume January 14th.