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Hawkeyes Revisited: Nile Kinnick

This post was originally designed to close out Heisman Trophy week, but life intervened.  After a brief delay, it’s time to revisit the most beloved Iowa football player of all – 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick. A Quintessential Iowan One of the main reasons why Iowa fans love Nile Kinnick is because he was one of us.  Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr., was born on July 9, 1918, during the peak of World War I.  Nile was the oldest of three boys born to Nile Clark Kinnick, Sr., and Francis Clarke.  Francis’ father, George W. Clarke, graduated from the University of Iowa…

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Floyd of Rosedale

Well, folks, the Hawkeye football team has taken its lumps this year, no doubt about it.  But it’s time to start Big Ten play against Minnesota, and that means it’s time for the annual battle over Floyd of Rosedale. Who or what is Floyd of Rosedale?  I wrote an article on that subject for Wikipedia years ago, and many Hawkeye fans already know all about Floyd.  Still, even if you’ve already heard the Floyd of Rosedale story, take a minute to read it over again.  If you’ve never heard the story, well, get ready for a treat, because it’s one of…

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