May 28, 2014
Northwestern Medal of Honor All-Time Winners
EVANSTON, Ill. - On Tuesday, June 3, Northwestern will unveil the school's 2014 winners of the Big Ten Medal Of Honor. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Conference's most prestigious award, which was first presented in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work. Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
In preparation for Tuesday's announcement, NUsports.com caught up with several former Wildcats winners and asked what it meant to them to be part of this exclusive group of Big Ten Conference student-athletes. Our first Q&A is with former All-Big Ten quarterback and 1972 Medal of Honor recipient Maurie Daigneau.
Name: Maurie Daigneau
Graduation year: 1972
College major: BS in Education
Current location: Brookfield, Wisconsin
Current occupation: Advancement/Development professional
In three paragraphs or less, tell us what you've been up to since you left Evanston:
Have been married to my NU sweetheart (Susie Davis Daigneau) for 41 years. Raised 5 children, now have 10 grandchildren. Was a business owner/entrepreneur for 30 years. Have been an avid upland bird hunter, golfer, bible study leader and worked hard at being a good husband and father.
What was your personal athletic highlight during your time at Northwestern?
Beating Ohio State in Columbus in the fall of 1971.
What is your favorite Northwestern sports memory as a spectator (either while you were in school or since)?
Taking my entire family to the Rose Bowl in 1996.
What does the Big Ten Medal Of Honor mean to you?
I was honored to have been chosen and the Medal is still displayed in our home.
What is your favorite non-sports memory of your time at Northwestern?
Working board crew for Mom Neuman at the SAE (fraternity) house.
Is there a person you met at Northwestern (teacher, coach, roommate, etc.) that had a sizable effect on you as a person?
Two men, Coaches Alex Agase and Mickey Lile. My office wall has had a picture of the two of them for over 35 years.
In your opinion, what makes Northwestern University special?
Its size, its commitment to academic and athletic excellence, and its current head football coach Pat Fitzgerald.
When was the last time you were on campus?
How much purple is in your closet?
A couple of pull overs, a few golf shirts, my old jersey, and some purple ties.
Anything else you would like to add?
I will be forever grateful to have had the chance to attend Northwestern University. My entire life experience was undeniably benefited because of my time at NU. Very, very fortunate.
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