Football: Northwestern to honor deceased lineman with helmet stickers

Colin Becht, Assistant Gameday Editor

Former Northwestern offensive lineman Leon Brockmeier died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 34. Coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke about Brockmeier’s legacy at a press release Monday, saying the Wildcats will honor his memory.

“Our thoughts and prayers and our condolences go out to Leon Brockmeier’s family,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “We want to lift his family in this terrible tragedy and lift him up in our thoughts and prayers. It’s very sad.”

For the rest of the season, Northwestern players will wear stickers memorializing Brockmeier on their helmets.

Brockmeier started 35 games for NU between 1997 and 2001 and was a member of the Cats’ Big Ten championship team in 2000. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media that year as he cleared holes for running back Damien Anderson, who racked up 2,063 yards on the ground.

Brockmeier is survived by his wife, Melanie, and two sons.