Team Traditions: Tigers & TDs go together like PB&J
In athletics a number of teams have their own game-day traditions. Some are decades old but all must start somewhere, and this season Northwestern football has kicked off a sweet new Tiger tradition.
"Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last year gravitated towards the whole Goldmember thing, and they kind of use that as a theme throughout their whole season. For some reason, peanut butter and jelly is our thing," assistant coach Nick Olson said.
This season on Northwestern’s sidelines one could find passionate players, hard working coaches, and PB&Js.
"Every time somebody scores a touchdown we’re giving them a peanut butter and jelly," Olson explained. "We’re gonna start doing it right on the spot, break [it out] during games."
Coach Olson said they got the PB&J idea from a WDIO preseason report by Alicia Tipcke that started off: "Tigers and touchdowns go together like peanut butter and jelly."
"I think soon as everybody out here the team heard that, we just thought that kind of nice ring to it, and who doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?" Olson added.
The team scored 28 touchdowns last season meaning they could be dolling out a lot of sandwiches.
"It just adds more fun to the game," said senior fullback Greg Ohman. "It’s nice to have something unique to your team, like no other team is gonna be doing this. It’s just fun to have that extra thing that’s just special for your team."
Olson said they are currently using Uncrustables but may assign a designated PB&J chef later this season.