Diem was selected in the fourth round, pick No. 118, by the Indianapolis Colts. The former Huskie offensive lineman played in two Super Bowls for the Colts: XLI, a 29-17 win against the Bears, and XLIV, a 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Diem retired on March 23, 2012. (Photo courtesy NIU media relations).
Just six picks after Diem went to the Colts, his teammate, wide receiver Justin McCareins went to the Tennessee Titans as the 124th overall pick of the '01 draft. McCariens played from 2001-03 with the Titans, 2004-07 with the New York Jets and 2008 with the Titans. (Photo courtesy NIU media relations)
A year after taking McCareins, the Titans again looked to DeKalb to draft a receiver, going with Darrell Hill in the seventh round. Hill played with the Titans (2002-04) and Kansas City Chiefs (2005-06), primarily on special teams with both teams. (Photo courtesy Scott Walstrom, NIU)
Michael "The Burner" Turner went to San Diego in the fifth round of 2004. Turner left the Chargers for the Atlanta Falcons via free agency in 2008, and was twice named to The Associated Press all-NFL team. He also has two Pro Bowl appearances, earning a spot there in 2008 and 2010. (Photo courtesy NIU media relations)
The hometown Bears made Wolfe their third round pick in the 2007 draft. Wolfe spent four seasons with the Bears. His best year came in 2009, when he ran for 120 yards and a touchdown. (Daily Chronicle file photo)
Free has developed into a reliable offensive tackle for the Cowboys, the only team he's played for as a professional. Free signed a four-year contract extension in 2011. (AP file photo)
The highest NFL Draft pick in NIU history, English has been beset by injuries since becoming a professional. He has 8.5 sacks for his career. (Daily Chronicle file photo)