DeKALB, IL – Northern Illinois University junior linebacker Nick Rattin (Palatine, Ill./Palatine HS) has been nominated to the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, as announced by Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on Wednesday.
Rattin was awarded with a Cure Bowl Community Service Soldier Medallion at last December’s Cure Bowl in Orlando for his community service efforts. He has worked with Team Impact for the past two years and has been involved in various volunteer events with the team and on his own including youth camps and trash pick-up efforts. Rattin also helped set up a Habitat for Humanity build for the entire team last month.
“Nick Rattin is a model citizen for us as far as how to do things on and off the field,” said head coach Thomas Hammock. “He’s been that guy for us since he’s stepped on campus. Nick is someone our young guys can emulate. He’s earned everything he has, from starting as a walk-on to being a key contributor to our defense.”
The junior linebacker led the Huskies in 2021 with seven tackles for loss while playing in all 14 games. He was third on the squad in total tackles with 73. Rattin had a career-high 11 tackles against Wyoming and had six tackles and a sack in NIU’s win over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference championship game. He was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the second straight year.
A total of 114 student-athletes were nominated to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists, with the announcement of the final team being made in September.
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