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At this time, I only have two players that are 100% sure FOREVER members of the greatest Hawkeye football team EVER assembled and will remain so until the Second Coming- Nile Kinnick and Reggie Roby.
There are others I am tempted to name, but they fall only a bit shy of achieving FOREVER status.
What about other VOTH voices? Who are your FOREVER team members? Not suggestions or nominees, just 100% CERTAIN members- and reasons why. (And they better be gol' darn good reasons if they are going to be on the FOREVER TEAM starting line-up!)
DL Alex Karras...easy...All-American in '56 & '57, Outland Trophy winner and runner up to the Heisman in '57 (many say he should've won it).
OT Cal Jones is another easy one. All-American in '53, '54 & '55. Outland Trophy winner in '55. Finished 10th in the Heisman voting in '55. Like Nile Kinnick, died way too early. Killed in a plane crash in '56. Is the only other player to have their jersey retired by Iowa.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by OhioHawk07 16 months ago
Andre Tippett; 1st team All American at the UofI, led team to first Rosebowl in 23 years. Drafted in the first round by New England Patriots where he played LB for 12 years. Inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame.
*492 tackles, most in Iowa history and the only player to lead Iowa in tackles for 4 straight years.
*Co Captain and Co MVP in 1985.
*Iowa went 35-13-1 during his four years there, and he helped lead the Hawkeyes to four bowl games.
*Station is only the second Iowa player to twice be named a consensus first team All-American (Cal Jones is the other).
* Academic All American
*He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
*In 1989, Iowa fans selected an all-time University of Iowa football team during the 100th anniversary celebration of Iowa football, and Larry Station was selected to the team as a linebacker.
Twitter - @chrisbrase
Another "easy" one...Nate Kaeding for PK. Iowa's all time leading scorer. All American '02 & '03, Lou Groza Award winner in '02...'Nuff said.
QB - Long, Banks, Tate
RB - , Green, Shaw, Betts
WR - Hughes, McNutt, Dwight
OT - Slater, Gallery, Karras
OG - Jones, Steinbach, Haight
C - Nelson, Ferentz, Hilgenberg
TE - Cook, Clark, Moeki
DE - Kampman, Clayborn, Roth
DT - Babineaux, DeVries, Cole
OLB - Greenway, Tippett, Edds
MLB - Station, Angerer, Quast
S - Sanders, Krause, Considine
CB - Kinnick, Stoops, Tunnell
K - Kaeding, Houghtlin
P - Donahue, Roby
PR - Brodell
KR - Harmon
HC - Fry
OC - Synder
OL - KF
WR/RB/TE - Philbin
DC - Norm
DL - McCarney
DB - Stoops
LB - Leavitt
SPT - Alvarez
Pretty good list... I would add Randy Duncan for Tate and Eddie Podolack for Betts.
Nice work my friend
Karras played two-way, but it was as a DT where he shined.
And Cal Jones has to be in at OT.
Man you guys forget the old timers...lol
This post was edited by OhioHawk07 16 months ago
I was placing guys in certain spots so I could fit guys into other spots but Jones played guard.
fuisu doing a few extra reps on this one. Thanks!
Davis, Karras, Kating, Tippett, Station............no arguments there.
Since QB was such a hot topic this year, who wants to narrow that position down to just ONE for the FOREVER squad?- the one guy you go with no matter how bad you are getting beaten because you think he can still bring us back.
I want to take Banks just my opinion
LOL..my bad...not sure what I was seeing. But I'd still take Karras over Babineaux and DeVries...and I love both of them.
Did a great job in rebuilding the Iowa football program in the 50s. He guided the Hawkeyes to 2 Rose Bowl victories.
Kaedo is a virtual Lock on my team. Best kicker in Iowa history. Played on a great team from 2003 that went to BCS Orange Bowl. Nate Kaeding is also the most accurate kicker in NFL history, by the percentages. Pretty awesome person, as well.
My other guy, has to be Tim Dwight. 'Timmy D' was an All American and probably the best Kick/Punt returner in Iowa history. Anyone who attended the Ohio State game at Kinnick, in his junior year, where he single handedly tried to keep Iowa with OSU by returning punt after punt knows what I'm talking about here.
And look at that, I've got one from I.C. West and one from cross-town rival, City High.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
I don't like Donahue ahead of Roby or Brodell(only had 1 big return in his career against ISU) at PR, Karras needs to be at DT. boot cole. add Bulaga to OT(Really so many good tackles at Iowa, tough to choose. Had Bulaga come back he would potentially have been the best ever)
Other than that, a very good list. Of course, it's good for an all-time Hawks list to this point. As far as forever, many of them will probably be replaceable.
This post was edited by KCHawk25 16 months ago
Better get Bob Jeter on the team...either defensive back (he is in the Packer Hall of Fame) or running back, since he tore up two Rose Bowls. One of the most under rated QB's in Iowa FB was Wilburn Hollis. See 1960 team, which was a big time national power. Everyone thinks about the 57 and 58 rose bowl teams and forgets about 1960. Wilburn lives in CR.
D-Line Rod Davis
Linebacker- Melvin Foster
Running Back- Nick Bell, Ronnie Harmon
He did all that, but was not well liked. Karras quit the team once and Jones quit twice because of his treatment of players. But at least he was fair, he treated everyone like crap, star player or a Mossbrucker.
How about Aubry Devine, Gordon Locke and Duke Slater from those fabulous 20's teams?
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