Bears' Roach displays artful side

Nick Roach majored in art theory and practice at Northwestern. To relax, he likes to draw and take photographs, such as this shot of two men jumping. Nick Roach

When most of his college teammates were headed to business, communications or physical education classes, Bears linebacker Nick Roach was headed to the studio. A major in art theory and practice at Northwestern, he spent most of his time at Kresge Centennial Hall on the south end of campus, perched on a small stool, drawing, painting or sculpting.

Balancing football and fine arts isn't a common practice, but it came naturally to Roach, who grew up in Milwaukee gripping a pencil, not a football.

"As a kid, I always filled up notebooks with drawings," he said. "I watched all the little Saturday morning teach-you-how-to-draw shows and always asked for drawing books. I always had a sketch in mind."

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