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Illinois Party Supplies Will Help Make Your Fighting Illini Celebration a Fun One!

Illinois Party Supplies and Fighting Illini Graduation Supplies are a great way to enhance any University of Illinois get-together. Whether it’s a graduate event, tailgate party or some other fan event, our Illinois party supplies are a perfect addition to the special occasion. So, what do we know about the University of Illinois anyway?

History of University of Illinois

The University of Illinois was a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. Established in 1867 in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, it was founded as a result of the Morrill Act of 1962 which granted each state land to establish a major public university. It was originally named the “Illinois Industrial University”. In 1885, it would become the University of Illinois before officially becoming the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 1982.

Illinois Football

The University of Illinois claims five football National Championships and 15 Big Ten Conference Championships. National Championships were accomplished in 1914, 1919, 1923, 1927 and 1951. The 1951 team was coached by Ray Eliot and won the Rose Bowl finishing with a record of 9-0-1. Illinois went to the Rose Bowl most recently in 2008, losing to USC 49-17.

Red Grange

Harold Edward “Red” Grange is probably Illinois’ most well-known football alum. Grange was born in 1903 and became a high school athletic star. He played four sports and excelled in them all. In football, he scored 75 touchdowns as a running back over his career, with 36 coming in his final season. His team won every game but one his senior season. Their only loss was a game that Red was knocked out of.

After high school, Grange enrolled at the University of Illinois, and it didn’t take him long to stand out on the Illinois football team. In his first game against Nebraska, he scored three touchdowns. In 1923, he led Illinois to an undefeated season and a National Championship, scoring 12 touchdowns and rushing for over 700 yards.

It was the 1924 game against Michigan however, that would bring Grange national prominence. In the opening game for Memorial Stadium, Red returned the opening kick 95 yards for a touchdown. He would score 3 more touchdowns of 67, 56 and 44 yards before the first quarter was over. He would score another touchdown and throw for one more in the second half as Illinois would go on to beat the vaunted Michigan team 39-14. After that game, Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown would nickname Red “The Galloping Ghost” and the nation began to pay attention. !

Grange would finish his senior season at Illinois with 3,362 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. He also ended his Illini career throwing for 575 yards on 82 attempts. Later his number 77 would be retired and Grange would go on to a successful, but injury shortened, NFL career (signing for the then astronomic amount of around $100,000 per year), spending most of his time playing for the Chicago Bears. In fact, his popularity would help legitimize the NFL.

Let your fandom show with the help of our fantastic Illinois Party Supplies! Or, bring them along to a tailgate or an Illini graduation party. Whatever your Fighting Illini celebration, this fun Illinois tableware will add to your fun and school spirit!