Fort Wayne’s All-Time Greatest Series: Trai Essex, offensive lineman News-Sentinel names area’s all-time college football team
A high school all-American at Harding, Essex started every game as a freshman tight end at Northwestern, catching three passes for 24 yards an a touchdown. The next year moved to offensive tackle and then started 37 consecutive games for the Wildcats as a left tackle. As a senior, he helped lead an offense that rushed for 375 yards per game and allowed only 12 sacks. Northwestern finished 6-7 during his junior season and 6-6 during his senior year. Essex played eight years in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Indianapolis and won two Super Bowl rings.