Photo by John Herndon
Chris Fitzpatrick is all smiles after Northwestern whipped Illinois to become bowl eligible in his final home game for the Wildcats.
Still close to his roots

EVANSTON, Ill. -- It only takes one glance to see that playing football for Northwestern University has changed Chris Fitzpatrick.

His shoulders are much broader than they were when he last put on the shoulder pads for Anderson County’s trip to the state championship game five years ago this week. His jaw seems to have squared and his waist looks a bit smaller.

Fitzpatrick chuckles at the assessment. “I was 6-(foot)-1 and weighed 215 in high school. I am about 240 now,” he says. “I shed some weight and put some muscle back on.”