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Iowa Hawkeyes Football

Iowa Hawkeyes Football

┬áThe University of Iowa’s Hawkeyes football program was officially created in 1889. They were invited to join the Big Ten Conference (at the time, it was known as the Western Conference) in 1899. Since then, the Hawkeyes football team has served as the home for a number of pivotal players and coaches. The team has participated in a large number of Bowl games and championship events. They’ve also seen dozens of players inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, State of Iowa Sports Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Below, we’ll provide an overview of some important players and coaches that played a key role in the Hawkeyes’ success. We’ll also take a look at former Hawkeyes currently in the NFL.

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 Notable Players And Coaches

Shonn Green won the Doak Walker Award in 2008. He was also a Big Ten MVP during that same year. Dallas Clark had his first on-field game experience in 2000. At the end of that season, he was placed in a tight end position, where he performed remarkably. In 2002, he was awarded the John Mackey Award and the following year, he was drafted onto the Indianapolis Colts.

Chad Greenway played with the Iowa Hawkeyes from 2002 through 2005. He was moved to a linebacker position in 2003 and was named the Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The following year, he won several additional awards and was drafted onto the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

Hayden Fry was hired in 1978 as Iowa’s 25th head coach of the Hawkeyes football team. He ended his tenure by stepping down in 1998 after several Bowl game appearances and Big Ten titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Kirk Ferentz was hired to take Fry’s place as the Hawkeyes’ head coach. In 2004, he led the team to win the Capital One Bowl. The following year, he was named the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year and continues to fill the head coach role today.

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Hawkeyes in the NFL

Player Pos. Current Team NFL Service
Pat Angerer LB Indianapolis Colts 4 years
Jonathan Babineaux DL Atlanta Falcons 8 years
Bryan Bulaga OL Green Bay Packers 4 years
Scott Chandler TE Buffalo Bills 7 years
Dallas Clark TE Baltimore Ravens 11 years
Adrian Clayborn DL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 years
Colin Cole DL Carolina Panthers 9 years
Mike Daniels DL Green Bay Packers 2 years
Bradley Fletcher DB Philadelphia Eagles 5 years
Adam Gettis OL Washington Redskins 2 years
Charles Godfrey DB Carolina Panthers 6 years
Shonn Greene RB Tennessee Titans 5 years
Chad Greenway LB Minnesota Vikings 8 years
Micah Hyde CB Green Bay Packers 1 year
Karl Klug DL Tennessee Titans 4 years
Marvin McNutt WR Miami Dolphins 2 years
Brandon Myers TE New York Giants 5 years
Shaun Prater DB Philadelphia Eagles 2 years
Riley Reiff OL Detroit Lions 2 years
Allen Reisner TE Jacksonville Jaguars 4 years
Ricky Stanzi QB Jacksonville Jaguars 3 years
Matt Tobin OL Philadelphia Eagles 1 year
Julian Vandervelde OL Philadelphia Eagles 2 years
Marshal Yanda OL Baltimore Ravens 7 years
Marcus Zusevics OL New England Patriots 2 years

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