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Aaron Rodgers getting ready to throw a pass to a teammate. Photo credits: elviskennedy

Chico legend Aaron Rodgers captures 3rd NFL MVP, gives back to community

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 17, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback and Chico native Aaron Rodgers has won his third NFL Most Valuable Player award this past season. He became the fourth player in NFL history to be awarded the MVP on more...

Aaron Rodgers, NVCF partner to create the Aaron Rodgers Small Business COVID-19 fund

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 12, 2021

Chico native and current Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the North Valley Community Foundation have partnered to help locally owned businesses in Chico amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rodgers...

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet on Feb 7.

A matchup for the ages

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 6, 2021

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will square off in the 2021 Super Bowl on Feb 7.  A rematch of Week 12, a Chiefs 27-24 victory will pit quarterbacks Tom Brady and Partick Mahomes...

NCAA football postpones numerous games due to COVID-19

NCAA football postpones numerous games due to COVID-19

Nick Despotakis, Reporter // December 10, 2020

More than 100 college football games have been cancelled or postponed due to the astonishing number of COVID-19 cases dismantling the U.S. every day. In the U.S. alone, 13.4 million people have been...

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Aaron Rodgers: the man from Chico

Alex Martin, Reporter // December 2, 2020

Aaron Rodgers is the current quarterback for the Green Bay Packers out of Wisconsin. Rodgers was born in Chico and before entering the NFL, played football at Butte Community College and UC Berkeley. Rodgers...

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NFL acts accordingly after minor outbreak

Nick Despotakis, Reporter // October 25, 2020

The NFL has done well keeping players safe from COVID-19, despite a minor outbreak in the first weeks of the season. The NFL had a plan going into the 2020 season: mandate that each team create an...

Small town excitement for a big Super Bowl

Small town excitement for a big Super Bowl

Arrow Van Abrams and Alex Martin // February 4, 2020

Super Bowl Sunday brought out intensity, excitement and rage in the Chico community. Local sports bars contained mods of fans supporting their favorite team across their chest. On Sunday Feb. 2, the...

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Matthew Ferreira, Noah Andrews and Ricardo Tovar bring their takes on the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA

Wildcat Rumble: Was Lebron’s first year in LA a failure?

Ricardo Tovar // April 5, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns this week with sports editor Ricardo Tovar and a returning Matthew Ferreira. New co-host to the program, The Orion's sports writer, Noah Andrews brings his unique sports takes...

Money is not fully guaranteed in the NFL despite the increased link of CTE with the sport. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The hard-hitting reality of salaries in the NFL

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava // April 2, 2019

The NFL made history in March of 2018 when they paid quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings a fully-guaranteed three-year contract. Unlike NBA, MLB and NHL athletes, NFL players are not...

Anita Barker is one of nine women ever selected for the Division II West Region Athletic Director of the Year Award. She has worked for Chico State for 17 years alongside her husband, Scott Barker, the head athletic trainer. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Anita Barker takes a victory lap

Noah Andrews // March 25, 2019

The job of an athletic director is often thankless. There's a lot of work behind the scenes that go unnoticed. However, this is not the case for Chico State's Athletic Director, Anita Barker. Due to...

Paradise High School remained untouched despite buildings around it being destroyed by flames. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Paradise High School on the road to Recovery

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava // February 10, 2019

The first week of November was a crucial time for Paradise High School athletics: the football team was ready to take on their first playoff game, both soccer teams and the wrestling team were on the verge...

A detail of a New England Patriots player raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

To cure Super Bowl hangovers, watch more sports

Matthew Ferreira // February 10, 2019

Sunday's big game brought with it the dreadful fact that the NFL season has come to an end. For many football fans, this can feel as if the dark ages have started all over again. But fear not, there are...

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