Diesel has spent nine glorious years on the sidelines and in front of television cameras and will be honored during the Huskies’ Senior Day celebrations Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium.
Diesel will be deemed the school’s “mascot emeritus” and will always be welcomed at NIU games and events in the future, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier said in a release.
“In many ways, Diesel has become the face of Huskie football over the past nine years,” Frazier said. “He’s been the constant figure on the sidelines representing NIU, whether home or away, at bowl games, spring games and more. He’s a fan favorite, the TV cameras love him and he’s a great dog. On behalf of Huskie Nation, I want to thank (owner) Tom (Bonnevier) and Diesel for everything they have done to represent Northern Illinois University.”
Diesel had a great run, but I'm confident that Mission can withstand the pressure involved with being the esteemed NIU mascot. As long as he can give cheerleaders a high-five, I think he’ll be OK.
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