Lyle Hammes and Numbering Hawkeye Greats

Although I had written articles for Wikipedia, I didn’t seriously consider writing a book until 2006. That year I stumbled upon an interview Lyle Hammes gave to Tom Kakert of, and my writing was about to go in a totally new direction. Lyle Hammes’ Book Idea Hammes told Kakert that he was working on a book with a clever concept.  His book, which he was calling “Hawkeye Heroes”, grouped the greatest Hawkeye football and men’s basketball players by the jersey numbers they wore at Iowa.  Hammes set out to select the best Hawkeye athlete to wear each jersey number…

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An Ode to Wikipedia

I’ve been a fan of the Hawkeyes since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, as my grandfather would say, so my love of Hawkeye sports history shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.  Here’s one thing about me: I love the history and tradition of sports.  I always bristle when someone asks, for example, “Who’s the best Hawkeye quarterback ever?” and people only respond with players from the past thirty years.  Now like all good Hawkeyes, I have nothing but love for Hayden Fry, but he didn’t invent Hawkeye football (although I can appreciate why it might seem that way to many fans who…

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About Neal Rozendaal

Hello, everyone!  I suppose the best way to get this website started is by giving you an introduction to who I am and where I came from, so here goes.  My name is Neal Rozendaal, and you can learn more about me here.  I was born in the town of Grinnell in central Iowa, and my dad got me hooked on the Iowa Hawkeyes at a young age.  My father was a farmer, and like many Iowans, Dad spent his fall Saturday afternoons working in the fields with Hawkeye football blasting from the radio of his tractor.  In the winter, my father,…

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