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Ricky Widmer is the lead editor of Fansided's Illinois Fighting Illini site WritingIllini.com. He is also one of the hosts of The Onside Kick on NFLSpinZone.com. Ricky has a master's degree in music education and is a music teacher on the South Side of Chicago. His favorite sports teams include: the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Vikings, and (of course!) the Illinois Fighting Illini.
First and foremost, Ryan is a husband, and a father. He is currently a Staff Writer for Writing Illini, and is currently hoping that sustained success on the football field is right around the corner.
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