Jordan Lynch will be on the big stage in the Big Apple on Saturday evening.
He deserves to be there when the Heisman Trophy is awarded. Florida State's Jameis Winston is a lock to win the coveted award, but Lynch will be up there on the stage at New York's Downtown Athletic Club.
At a Tuesday news conference, Lynch had his own story to tell of trying to reach his family after finding out he was a finalist.
"It’s a funny story, because I called my mom right away and what do you know, her phone is dead. She’s at work and her phone is dead. I’m kind of mad because I want to call her and tell her," Lynch said. "So I called my dad, he doesn’t pick up. So no one picks up the phone these days, no reason to even have a cell phone. So I call my house phone and try and give everyone the news and I’m still trying my mom, still no pick up. She finds out by a family friend or something like that, so it wasn’t me to give her the news."
The kid from St. Christina grammar school and Mount Carmel is still humble despite the attention.
"It will be a great experience, being in the Big Apple. That’s what they call it, right? Being there will be awesome," Lynch said. "Being around the other candidates and the best players in the world and meeting some Heisman candidates from the past. I think there is going to be a lot of great people there."
That's Lynch. All the talk about him was about what he did on the football field. He did not attract off-the-field headlines, but just did his job on the field.
And what a job he did, setting various records and being the best all-around quarterback in the country. There was talk about Northern Illinois' schedule being too weak and the Mid-American Conference was not very strong. Lynch and his teammates didn't worry about that. The Huskies went out and beat Big Ten foes Iowa and Purdue.
“It’s a great feeling. The Mid-American Conference gets more exposure. It gets NIU more exposure and it just goes to show you that great football is everywhere," Lynch said. "If you can play football, you can play no matter what level it is. Like I’ve said, it puts NIU on the map.”
This was an unforgettable season for NIU and hopefully the program can build its fan base from back-to-back great years. The Huskies caught the attention of the college football world and maybe upset the apple cart along the way. Funny, in college basketball, people root for the underdog in the NCAA tournament, but in football, schools like NIU and Fresno State are looked down on.
All told, Lynch is a class person. He is not the flashiest nor will he make headlines for off-the-field problems. That's because he is a good kid. He loves football and I think someone will take a chance of him in the NFL, though he might have to play another position like defensive back.