Can't Wait For Saturday | Easy to root for former Illini Nick Allegretti, who is having a very good year

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.


It is so nice when good things happen to good people. Nick Allegretti certainly fits in the category.

When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, with Allegretti starting at guard, it was the former Illini standout's third world championship — all with Andy Reid's team. It set a record for former Illinois players.

He could have gone back to Kansas City, which is approaching dynasty level. But it could have been difficult to break into the lineup.

Instead, Allegretti signed with Washington Commanders, where he will be a starting guard for Dan Quinn's rebuilding team.

If you like a little icing on top of the cake, he has a three-year contract worth a reported $16 million, $9 million guaranteed.

That's a good salary for Allegretti, who has extra mouths to feed. Nick's wife Christina gave birth to twin girls in 2023, the day Nick won his second Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs.

The former seventh-round pick is winning at all parts of life. And even when something bad happens, it works out. He played the Super Bowl with a torn ligament in his elbow. Doubtless, his toughness impressed the Commanders.

The Lincoln-Way East graduate turns 28 in April and already has five years in the NFL.

Understand, had Allegretti never played a down in the NFL, he would have still been set up well for the rest of his life. He took advantage of his scholarships at Illinois to earn multiple business degrees.

He will have a well-paid career long after his playing days end.

He is one of the nicest guys I have been fortunate to work with while covering Illinois football. From a top-notch family, which explains why he is like he is.

Good luck to him going forward. I will now become a regular Commanders watcher.