Archive for 'Heisman Trophy'

Heisman Trophy Runner Ups

When the Heisman Trophy winner is announced Saturday, he will etch his name in history.  Maybe it’s just me, but I always notice the Heisman Trophy runner ups.  These guys are always great players, but because they came up just short and finished in second, they’ll never have the eternal recognition that goes along with winning the Heisman. Hawkeye Heisman Trophy Runner Ups My interest in Heisman Trophy runner ups surely relates to the fact that I’m an Iowa fan.  The Hawkeyes are tied for second in college football in the number of Heisman Trophy runner ups.  Oklahoma has had…

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Alex Karras

Coming off of the dull bye week with some very sad news.  Iowa’s great #77, Alex Karras, passed away Wednesday at age 77. Karras was, without a doubt, one of the most interesting characters to ever wear a Hawkeye uniform.  A true non-conformist, Karras didn’t always have the smoothest relationship with the University of Iowa (or the Detroit Lions or seemingly anything or anyone else for that matter), but he was a fascinating personality and one of the most dominant football players of his era. Alex Karras Alex Karras developed into a football star at Gary Emerson High School in Indiana.  His recruitment…

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Cal Jones Documentary

One of the things I’m really excited about this fall is the upcoming documentary on Hawkeye standout Calvin Jones! Cal Jones First, a little background on Cal.  Calvin Jack Jones was born in Steubenville, Ohio, as the youngest of seven children.  Cal’s father died when Cal was about one year old, so Cal’s mother, Tabitha Jones, raised Cal and his six older siblings. Cal Jones was a dominant lineman for the Hawkeyes from 1953-1955.  Along with his two childhood friends, Eddie Vincent and Frank Gilliam (collectively nicknamed the “Steubenville Trio”), the three Ohio natives helped usher in one of the great eras…

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