Posted by Tom Fornelli
With the success of the Northwestern football program in recent seasons under Pat Fitzgerald, the school had recently began a bit of a public relations blitz in the Chicagoland area touting Northwestern as being "Chicago's Big Ten team." As part of that campaign, the school also paid to put up a billboard of quarterback Dan Persa over the Kennedy Expressway that hyped Persa as a Heisman candidate.
Well, two games into the new season the Wildcats find themselves at 2-0, but Persa is yet to play in a game as he still recovers from an Achilles injury he suffered last year.
Now his billboard has come down as well.
It has been replaced with another advertisement for Northwestern football, which the school says has nothing to do with Persa's injury and was the plan all along.
Which could totally be the case, and I'm sure the school did plan on bringing the Persa billboard down at some point, but I can't help but think had he been healthy to start the season and having another great year, Persa would have been leering down on Chicagoans stuck in traffic for a bit longer.