The Northwestern football team made a stop on Monday during their return from training camp in Kenosha, WI to visit Naval Station Great Lakes, home to 20,000 military and civilian personnel. It is the largest military installation in Illinois, as well as the largest training installation in the Navy.
The Wildcats practiced on historic Constitution Field, which has a FieldTurf football field. The team went through practice drills and finished with offense versus defense in full contact. Quarterback Dan Persa had a slight but noticeable limp in his gait, but said that it was just a remnant from favoring his good leg during rehab. He claims to be pain free, and said definitively that it didn't bother him.
head coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the practice, "were trying to come here and pay respect to the Navy, a great venue, and a great setting. The players have a chance to spend time one on one, and have quality interaction with their peers. Its the same age group that are going to be sitting there eating lunch, and to know that those men and women are out there defending our country, we're very, very thankful. It's a great privilege for us to be out here."