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Despite a dramatic 58-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining in the game by Illinois State’s Tre Roberson, the Redbirds fell to North Dakota State in a thrilling FCS title game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2015. Moments after Roberson’s heroics, eventual NFL star Carson Wentz scored the game-winning touchdown with 37 seconds to give the Bison the title. At the time it was NDSU’s fourth straight FCS crown. Illinois State has not been back to the championship game since. This season, however, Illinois State nearly extracted revenge. The Redbirds fell to NDSU in a tight 9-3 contest on Dec. 14 at the Fargo Dome in the semi-finals round. With that win, top-seeded NDSU now faces No. 2 seed James Madison for the 2020 FCS title at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ABC TV.

Former Canadian Football League standout cornerback Tre Roberson signed with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, adding much needed depth to the secondary position for the NFL squad. 

Roberson, 27, is a former Illinois State University Redbird (2011-2015) and was a fundamental piece in the FCS championship run in 2014. After ISU, the former quarterback turned cornerback spent time on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in 2016 and 2017, before moving to the CFL. 

The Calgary Stampeders gave Roberson a chance to shine, and he proved to be a diamond in the rough, leading the team to the Grey Cup title in 2018. In 2019, Roberson caught seven interceptions for the Stampeders, and was a force to be reckoned with throughout the entirety of the CFL season. 

The deal agreed upon by both the Bears and Roberson is said to be the highest paid contract given to a player transitioning from the CFL-NFL since Cameron Wake, who made $4.9 million when he was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2009. 

JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jpfogal@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @jfogal5

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