Last week’s game between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the Western Michigan Broncos was the final sideline appearance for Diesel, the beloved husky mascot (pictured above) who spent nine years making NIU fans go, “Awwwww.” The retirement was bittersweet: on one hand you have an adorable dog’s final game, but on the other hand you have an entirely new adorable dog to welcome into your heart!
Meet Mission, the husky you’ll spend the rest of your football-watching life wishing was the mascot at your school.
Diesel’s retirement piece on the NIU athletics website has a brief bio of Mission:
With Diesel stepping aside, NIU will introduce its new husky, “Mission,” Tuesday night during the first quarter of the game. Mission is a nearly two-year old Siberian husky donated to the university by John and Cassandra McKearn. His handlers will be members of the NIU ROTC program and he has already been given the rank of Colonel within the ROTC Battalion.
If I’m ever in a Thornton Melon mood, I’m definitely enrolling at NIU.
[H/t: For the Win]