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Hawkeyes Revisited: Archie Alexander

I wrote a book celebrating Iowa’s third African-American football player, Duke Slater.  And we started Black History Month on this site by profiling Frank Holbrook, Iowa’s first African-American athlete.  So I guess it makes sense to wrap up Black History Month for 2013 by revisiting the story of Iowa’s second black football player – Archie Alexander. Archie Alexander Archie Alphonso Alexander was born on May 14, 1888, in Ottumwa, Iowa.  He was the oldest of nine children born to his parents, Price Alexander and Mary (Hamilton) Alexander, who raised their large family in an area of Ottumwa set aside for…

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Hawkeyes Revisited: Marshal Yanda

The Iowa Hawkeye football program is well-known for putting several excellent linemen in the NFL.  Now wrapping up his sixth year in the league, Marshal Yanda is slowly putting together a career that could very well rank him with the best linemen ever associated with Iowa football.  In honor of his playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow, let’s revisit the career of Hawkeye standout Marshal Yanda. Achieving a Dream Marshal Yanda was born on September 15, 1984, in Cedar Rapids.  Yanda grew up on a farm in Anamosa, Iowa, just outside of Cedar Rapids.  Anamosa was the same home town…

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Hawkeyes Revisited: Chris Street

I’m not going to lie…this was a tough one to write.  I was overcome with emotion on a few occasions putting this together, but it’s a watershed – if extremely painful – moment in the collective Hawkeye experience.  Twenty years ago Saturday, on January 19, 1993, the state of Iowa lost one of its greatest sons in a shocking tragedy that is still heart-wrenching to this day.  But before we revisit his death, let’s celebrate the life of a Hawkeye who will never, ever be forgotten: Chris Street. A Star of Indianola High Christopher Michael Street was born on February 2, 1972, to Mike…

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