In the upper right is Diesel, here shown with Victor E. Huskie at a bowl game in Mobile, Alabama.
Northern Illinois University photograph, Victory album.
Last year, the university promoted Diesel to Mascot Emeritus, introducing Mission.
Chicago Tribune photograph by Nuccio DiNuzzo
Diesel had been suffering from canine lymphoma, for which chemotherapy is available. He was present at Saturday night's opening victory over Nevada - Las Vegas, then took a turn for the worse and departed this life on Sunday.
“He loved being there with the fans. He loved NIU football,” said Tom Bonnevier, Diesel’s owner. “He was in his element on Saturday, just being with everybody. He just looked so happy.”
“I couldn’t have wished for a better last day for him,” Bonnevier added.