EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Just last month, members of Northwestern's 1995 Rose Bowl team gathered to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of an epic ride that propelled a long losing program into the national spotlight.
It was a chance for players and coaches to reminisce, to reflect on an incredible run.
"There were a handful of guys that I hadn't seen in a number of years, and we had a Friday and Saturday event," said coach Pat Fitzgerald, a star linebacker on that team. "And by about Wednesday that following week, my wife, Stacy, looked at me and she's like, `wow, you look tired.' I'm like, `I wasn't out that late, you know.' We're hanging out, but we weren't like we were back in college. It kind of dawned on me a little bit. I wasn't anything but just emotionally drained of seeing guys again and reconnecting and the bonds that we had and the brotherhood that we have."