Hero of the Week: Nick Allegretti, Illinois

Join WAND's Gordon Voit every Wednesday for Hero of the Week, where Voit puts the spotlight on a member of the community who is demonstrating unusual character on and off the field!

EVANSTON -- Illinois captain, emotional leader and run-blocker-in-chief Nick Allegretti wins this week's award for the character he showed throughout his career, and particularly for how he handled his last moments in an Illini uniform.

Join Gordon Voit for a look at Allegretti's special day, including his memorable comments that have been retweeted hundreds of times on Twitter. In his final game at Illinois, he demonstrates the unusual lesson of embracing adversity, not avoiding it.

Hear also from his father and role model Carl Allegretti, who himself has shown extraordinary generosity and a commitment to character.


Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur
Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville
Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin
Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian
Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur
Week 6: Veterans and Friends golf 
Week 7: Dre Brown, Mike Dudek, Scotty Gilkey, Illinois/Eastern Illinois
Week 8: Demirjian Family of Decatur
Week 9: Donna Dulle, Mt. Pulaski
Week 10: Moe Dampeer
Week 11: Sister Jean, Loyola
Week 12: Reilly Fitzpatrick, Maroa-Forsyth
Week 13: Volunteers of Decatur Turkey Tournament
Week 14: Nick Allegretti, Illinois