Chief illiniwek

History Madness

4 Interesting Facts

  • It was the official mascot for the University of Illinois
  • He preformed during Football, Basketball, and volleyball games.
  • He retired in 2007 because he was too hostile and abusive according to the NCAA.
  • He is not based on a real American Indian chief.


"In order to ensure highest level of student/community safety, half time performance of The Chief is cancelled. Thanks for continued support."


The mascot was used for 81 years.