The #NorthwesternWildcats football team, representing #NorthwesternUniversity, is a #NCAA Division I team and member of the #BigTenConference, with evidence of organization in 1876. The mascot is the Wildcat, a term coined by a #ChicagoTribune reporter in 1924, after reporting on a football game where the players appeared as “a wall of purple wildcats. ” #Northwestern achieved an all-time high rank of #1 during the 1936 and 1962 seasons, then plummeted to extended levels of futility from the mid-1970s to 1994.
Recent years have been far kinder to the Wildcats, who have won three Big Ten championships or co-championships since 1995, and have been “bowl eligible” (a status that requires at least a .500 regular-season record) six out of the last seven seasons. Northwestern consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rate among football teams, having received the #AFCA Academic Achievement Award four times since 2002. Despite the stricter academic standards, Northwestern has produced many notable athletes, such as former first-round draft picks Luis Castillo and Napoleon Harris.
The #Wildcats have played their home games at Ryan Field (formerly #DycheStadium) in #Evanston, #Illinois, since 1922.
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