MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Two of Central Michigan’s more decorated players in recent history, Jahleel Addae and Cody Wilson, have been signed to NFL free agents contracts. Addae, a two-time All-MAC safety, was inked by the San Diego Chargers while Wilson, a three-time All-MAC wide receiver, will stay close to home, signing with the Detroit Lions.
Addae and Wilson will join offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs, as Chippewas from the 2012 senior class to move on to the NFL.
A two-time CMU Defensive Player of the Year, Addae tied for the MAC lead last season with four interceptions. He also totaled 89 tackles, including 40 solos, had two sacks, and was second on the team with seven stops for a loss. Addae, a 2012 team co-captain, earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors for his standout play in the Senior Day win over Miami, as he recorded his second straight double digit tackle game, totaling 10, including seven solos and 1.5 for a loss, to go along with half of a sack, and an interception. A Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list selection, Addae compiled 302 tackles, including 15 for a loss, and eight interceptions for his career.
In January, Addae showcased his skills against some of the nation’s top collegiate football talent and in front of NFL personnel at the East-West Shrine Game, the longest-running college all-star football game in the country.
In 2012, Wilson solidified his status as one of CMU’s all-time great receivers, finishing his brilliant career third in receptions (230) and fifth in receiving yards (2,729). The team co-captain led CMU with 74 receptions and extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 42, which ranked No. 2 in the nation at season’s end. In the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Wilson caught 10 passes for 101 yards and the deciding touchdown. Wilson, a marketing major with a 3.66 grade point average, earned Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2012 for the second consecutive year. Wilson also received CMU’s Kurt Dobronski Award, an honor presented annually by the seniors to a classmate who demonstrates great effort, intensity, and appreciation for the football program.
With Fisher, Addae, and Wilson, Central Michigan is represented by a total of 10 players in the NFL, also including All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers), Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), linebacker Frank Zombo (Kansas City Chiefs), linebacker Nick Bellore (New York Jets), defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (New York Giants), cornerback Josh Gordy (Indianapolis Colts), and offensive lineman Colin Miller (New England Patriots).
MOUNT PLEASANT - The third annual CHIPPYS award show will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium to both recognize Central Michigan student-athletes for their accomplishments and, more importantly, raise money for cancer research.
The black tie event, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, will take place in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 through Ticket Central or $7 at the door the night of the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the McLaren Cancer Center in Mount Pleasant, so any above and beyond donations are encouraged and welcomed.
Now in its third year, the CHIPYS award show, which is modeled after the popular “ESPYS” ceremony by ESPN, has raised more than $7,000 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Hosts Donnie Corby and Christian Cullinan of the wrestling team will unveil the top student-athletes, teams and moments of the 2011-12 academic year, with CHIPPYS trophies going to each of the winners. Awards will be given out in these categories:
Freshman of the Year
Record Breaking Performance
Chip of the Year
Coach of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
The night will also feature skits and surprise performances.
Prior to the 7 p.m. show, a Maroon Carpet social will be held in the Warriner Hall lobby beginning at 6 p.m.