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    Norwell Facing Toughest Challenge Yet
    Chris Norwell (center) was one of three players who represented the Fighting Illini at the Big Ten Football Kickoff festivities in Chicago prior to the 2007 season.

    Chris Norwell (center) was one of three players who represented the Fighting Illini at the Big Ten Football Kickoff festivities in Chicago prior to the 2007 season.

    Jan. 5, 2009

    Former Illini Chris Norwell with his girlfriend, Quincey Deeds.


    Chris Norwell has set school records on the hardwood, played in the Rose Bowl, and played in an NFL preseason. Now he is facing his toughest challenge yet. Norwell was diagnosed with Burkitt's Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in October, 2008.

    Norwell, a four-year starter on the defensive line for the Fighting Illini, is back at his home in Cincinnati, where family and friends have come together to aid him in the fight to get his health back.

    Check out this story by Adam Turer of the Cincinnati Community Press & Recorder and find out how you can help.

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