List of Iowa Hawkeyes football honorees

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The Iowa Hawkeyes football team was founded in 1889 to represent the University of Iowa in intercollegiate competition, and it has participated in the sport every season since. Over the course of the team's history, individual Hawkeye players of exceptional ability have received many accolades.

Iowa has had several players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. Individual Hawkeyes have won many prestigious national awards, including the Outland Trophy, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Doak Walker Award, the Jim Thorpe Award, and the Heisman Trophy. 92 Hawkeyes have been named a first-team or second-team All-American, and 23 have been named consensus first-team All-Americans.

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had ten players win the Big Ten Most Valuable Player Award, and 219 Hawks have earned All-Big Ten recognition. Iowa has had 244 NFL draft picks, and several former Hawkeye players have gone on to become NFL head coaches or Division I college head coaches. This list outlines awards and honors for individual football players and coaches of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

National honorees[edit]

Individual award winners[edit]

Coaching award winners[edit]


Heisman Trophy nominees[edit]

The most prestigious of these individual awards is the Heisman Trophy. Nile Kinnick won the award in 1939, and four other Hawkeyes have placed second in the voting. In all, nine Hawkeye players have finished in the top ten in the Heisman Trophy balloting, with Chuck Long doing so twice:[2]

Season Player Heisman Finish
1939 Nile Kinnick First
1955 Cal Jones Tenth
1956 Ken Ploen Ninth
1957 Alex Karras Second
1958 Randy Duncan Second
1984 Chuck Long Seventh
1985 Chuck Long Second
1997 Tim Dwight Seventh
2002 Brad Banks Second
2008 Shonn Greene Sixth

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Nile Kinnick, Duke Slater, and coach Howard Jones were all inducted in the inaugural College Football Hall of Fame class in 1951. In all, nine players and five coaches now represent Iowa in the College Football Hall of Fame: [3]

College Football Hall of Fame
Name Position Tenure Year Inducted
Howard Jones Coach 1916–23 1951
Duke Slater Tackle 1918–21 1951
Nile Kinnick Quarterback 1936–39 1951
Gordon Locke Fullback 1920–22 1960
Eddie Anderson Coach 1939–49 1971
Aubrey Devine Quarterback 1919–21 1973
Slip Madigan Coach 1943–44 1974
Cal Jones Guard 1952–55 1980
Alex Karras Defensive tackle 1954–57 1981
Randy Duncan Quarterback 1956–58 1997
Chuck Long Quarterback 1981–85 1999
Forest Evashevski Coach 1952–60 2000
Hayden Fry Coach 1979–98 2003
Larry Station Linebacker 1982–85 2009

Pro Hall of Fame[edit]

Three Hawkeyes have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:[4]

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Name Position Teams Year Inducted
Emlen Tunnell Defensive back New York Giants, Green Bay Packers 1967
Paul Krause Safety Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins 1998
Andre Tippett Linebacker New England Patriots 2008

Canadian football[edit]

Three Hawkeyes have been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for their play in the Canadian Football League: [5]

Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Name Position Teams Year Inducted
Ken Ploen Quarterback Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1975
Willie Fleming Running back BC Lions 1982
Frank Rigney Offensive tackle Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1985

Iowa Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

The Iowa Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Des Moines Register, honors outstanding athletes and sports contributors. To be eligible, members must have either been born in Iowa or gained prominence while competing for a college or university in Iowa. Aubrey Devine, Nile Kinnick, and Duke Slater were three of the five football players inducted when the Hall was founded in 1951. 25 Hawkeye players and 3 Hawkeye coaches have been inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame: [6]

Iowa Sports Hall of Fame
Name Year Inducted Name Year Inducted
Aubrey Devine 1951 Mike Enich 1983
Duke Slater 1951 Paul Krause 1985
Nile Kinnick 1951 Ed Podolak 1986
Clyde Williams 1956 Wally Hilgenberg 1987
Gordon Locke 1958 Jack Dittmer 1988
Billy Edson 1959 Forest Evashevski 1989
Joe Laws 1961 Larry Station 2000
Eddie Anderson 1962 Chuck Long 2001
Stub Stewart 1965 Ken Ploen 2002
Cal Jones 1971 Reggie Roby 2003
Willis Glassgow 1973 Hayden Fry 2004
Emlen Tunnell 1975 Andre Tippett 2006
Randy Duncan 1976 Tavian Banks 2013
Alex Karras 1977 Tim Dwight 2014

University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

The University of Iowa started an Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989. Ten football players were inducted in the initial class, and it has since expanded to include 49 football players and coaches:[7]

University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame
Name Year Inducted Name Year Inducted
Aubrey Devine 1989 Stub Barron 1998
Willis Glassgow 1989 Emlen Tunnell 1998
Cal Jones 1989 Paul Krause 2000
Alex Karras 1989 Stub Stewart 2000
Nile Kinnick 1989 Bill Reichardt 2001
Gordon Locke 1989 Homer Harris 2002
Erwin Prasse 1989 Francis Schammel 2003
Ozzie Simmons 1989 Hayden Fry 2004
Duke Slater 1989 Mike Reilly 2005
Forest Evashevski 1989 Larry Station 2005
Mike Enich 1990 John Niland 2006
Ken Ploen 1990 Reggie Roby 2006
Lester Belding 1991 Andre Tippett 2007
Joe Laws 1991 Marv Cook 2008
Dick Crayne 1992 Fred Becker 2009
Randy Duncan 1992 Bob Jeter 2010
Frank Cuhel 1993 Tim Dwight 2011
Jack Dittmer 1993 Sherwyn Thorson 2011
Clyde Williams 1993 Bashir Yamini 2012
Howard Jones 1993 Brad Banks 2013
Jerry Hilgenberg 1995 Craig Clemons 2013
Emerson Nelson 1995 Nate Kaeding 2014
Al Couppee 1996 Don Norton 2015
Jim Gibbons 1996 Willie Brashier 2015
Chuck Long 1997

Retired numbers[edit]

Iowa Hawkeyes retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
24 Nile Kinnick QB 1936–39
62 Cal Jones OG 1952–55

Two numbers have been retired by the Hawkeye football program, Nile Kinnick's #24 and Cal Jones' #62. Both Kinnick and Jones were consensus first team All-Americans, and both men tragically perished in separate plane crashes before their 25th birthday.

Kinnick won the University of Iowa's only Heisman Trophy in 1939 and is the man for whom Kinnick Stadium is named. Jones was the first African-American to win the Outland Trophy and is the only Hawkeye to be named first-team All-American three times.[8]

All-American selections[edit]

Each year, numerous publications and organizations release lists of All-America teams, hypothetical rosters of players considered the best in the nation at their respective positions.[9] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) uses officially recognized All-America selectors to determine the consensus selections. Over time, the sources used to determine the consensus selections have varied. Currently, the NCAA uses five "major" selectors to determine consensus All-Americans: the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).[10] Many other publications and organization compile their own "minor" All-America teams in addition to the selectors listed here.

Clyde Williams is often referred to as "Iowa's first All-American". Williams, who led the Hawkeyes to its first Big Ten championship in 1900, was named a third-team All-American by Walter Camp that season. Williams was the first player west of the Mississippi River to garner All-American honors.[11][12] However, since the following list constitutes only first-team and second-team All-Americans, Williams is not included here.

Iowa has had 67 first-team All-Americans and 31 second-team All-Americans. Of Iowa's 67 first-team All-Americans, 24 players were consensus first-team All-American selections, while eight were unanimous first-team selections.[13][14]

      Consensus/Unanimous first-team selection       First-team selection       Second-team selection
  • —Unanimous selection

Big Ten honorees[edit]

Most Valuable Players[edit]

The Chicago Tribune Silver Football has been awarded since 1924 by the Chicago Tribune to the college football player determined to be the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. Ten Hawkeyes have won the Big Ten MVP award, the third largest number of winners by any school, trailing only Michigan and Ohio State:[15]

Annual individual honors[edit]

Coaches and media of the Big Ten also make annual selections for additional individual honors:[16]

Big Ten Conference Award Recipient(s) and year received
Offensive Player of the Year Chuck Long (1985); Nick Bell & Matt Rodgers (1990); Tavian Banks (1997); Brad Banks (2002); Shonn Greene (2008)
Defensive Player of the Year Leroy Smith (1991)
Offensive Lineman of the Year Mike Haight (1985); Dave Croston (1986); Mike Devlin (1992); Eric Steinbach (2002); Robert Gallery (2003); Bryan Bulaga (2009); Brandon Scherff (2014)
Receiver of the Year Marvin McNutt (2011)
Defensive Lineman of the Year Paul Hufford (1984); Dave Haight (1987); Leroy Smith (1991); Jared DeVries (1997); Mitch King (2008)
Defensive Back of the Year Micah Hyde (2012); Desmond King (2015) Coach of the Year Hayden Fry (1981, 1990, & 1991); Kirk Ferentz (2002, 2004, 2009 & 2015)
Athlete of the Year Chuck Long (1986)

All-conference selections[edit]

Through the 2013 season, Iowa has had 230 first team All-Big Ten selections, starting with Clyde Williams and Joe Warner in 1900. 51 players were multiple first-team All-Big Ten selections, and nine players were three-time first-team All-Big Ten selections.[17]

      First selection       Second selection       Third selection

All-time team[edit]

In 1989, Iowa fans selected an all-time University of Iowa football team during the 100th anniversary celebration of Iowa football. Twelve starters and eight honorable mentions were selected on both offense and defense, along with a Most Valuable Player:[18]

Most Valuable Player
Nile Kinnick

NCAA FBS all-time records[edit]

The following is a list of team and individual NCAA FBS records that are held by the Iowa Hawkeyes.

  • Best Perfect Passing Game - Iowa vs. Northwestern, 2002 - 12 for 12 (100 PCT.)
  • Most Touchdowns on Fumble Returns - Iowa vs. Minnesota, 1994 - 2 (tied)
  • Most Opponent's Field Goals Blocked, One Quarter - Iowa vs. Northern Iowa, 2009 - 2 (tied)
  • Most Games Gaining 100 or More Rushing in a Season - Shonn Greene, 2008–13
  • Most Consecutive Rushes for a Touchdown in a Game - Aaron Greving, Iowa vs. Kent State 2001 - 3 (tied), (TD's for 14, 1, & 26 yards)
  • Highest Average per Punt in a Season (min. 40-49 punts) - Reggie Roby, 1981 - 49.8 (44 for 2,193)
  • Most Passes Intercepted by a Linebacker in One Game - Grant Steen, Iowa vs. Indiana 2002 - 3 (tied)
  • Players Gaining 1,000 Yards on Punt Returns and 1,000 Yards on Kickoff Returns in a Career - Tim Dwight, 1994-1997 - (1,051 & 1,133)
  • Most Touchdowns Scored on Kick Returns in a Game (At Least One Punt Return & One Kickoff Return) - Kahlil Hill, Iowa vs. Western Michigan 1998 - 2 (tied)
  • Most Blocked Field Goals in a Game - Kenny Iwebema, Iowa vs. Syracuse 2008 - 2 (tied)
  • Passing for a Touchdown and Scoring on a Pass Reception and Punt Return in a Game - Tim Dwight, Iowa vs. Indiana 1997
  • Most Field Goals Made, 50 Yards or More in a Game - Tim Douglas, Iowa vs. Illinois 1998 - 3 (tied), (51, 58, & 51 yards)


NFL draft picks[edit]

Iowa has had at least one player drafted in every NFL Draft since 1978. Through the 2015 NFL Draft, Iowa has had 277 draft picks. 249 in the NFL, 21 in the AFL, and 7 in the AAFC (the AFC and AAFC both merged with the NFL). and 75 players have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. Iowa has had 20 first round NFL Draft selections:[20]

Season Player Team Selection
1936 Dick Crayne Brooklyn Dodgers 4th
1958 Alex Karras Detroit Lions 10th
1959 Randy Duncan Green Bay Packers 1st
1966 John Niland Dallas Cowboys 5th
1973 Craig Clemons Chicago Bears 12th
1976 Rod Walters Kansas City Chiefs 14th
1982 Ron Hallstrom Green Bay Packers 22nd
1984 John Alt Kansas City Chiefs 21st
1986 Chuck Long Detroit Lions 12th
1986 Ronnie Harmon Buffalo Bills 16th
1986 Mike Haight New York Jets 22nd
1997 Tom Knight Arizona Cardinals 9th
1997 Ross Verba Green Bay Packers 30th
2003 Dallas Clark Indianapolis Colts 24th
2004 Robert Gallery Oakland Raiders 2nd
2006 Chad Greenway Minnesota Vikings 17th
2010 Bryan Bulaga Green Bay Packers 23rd
2011 Adrian Clayborn Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20th
2012 Riley Reiff Detroit Lions 23rd
2015 Brandon Scherff Washington Redskins 5th

Hawkeye head coaches[edit]

Several former Hawkeye players have later been named NFL head coaches or Division I college head coaches:[21]

Coach Team & Years
Bret Bielema Wisconsin, 2006-2012
Arkansas, 2013–Present
Jim Caldwell Indianapolis Colts, 2009-2011
Detroit Lions, 2014–Present
Bob Commings Iowa, 1974-1978
Wesley Fry Kansas State, 1935-1939
Dennis Green Northwestern, 1981-1985
Stanford, 1989-1991
Minnesota Vikings, 1992-2001
Arizona Cardinals, 2004-2006
John G. Griffith Iowa, 1909
Chuck Long San Diego State, 2006-2008
Dan McCarney Iowa State, 1995-2006
North Texas, 2011–2015
Leonard Raffensperger Iowa, 1950-1951
Bob Stoops Oklahoma, 1999–present
Mark Stoops Kentucky, 2013–Present
Mike Stoops Arizona, 2004-2011
Clyde Williams Iowa State, 1907-1912

Other notable players[edit]

A few notable players not previously mentioned:


  1. ^ ESPN Awards.
  2. ^ Heisman history.
  3. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame". 
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  5. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
  6. ^ Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.
  7. ^ Iowa Football Fact Book (PDF), 2008 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department, Page 126.
  8. ^ Iowa Football Fact Book (PDF), 2008 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department, Page 126.
  9. ^ All-American.
  10. ^ Award Winners and All-Americans (PDF), 2008 Division I Football Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Pages 218-219.
  11. ^ Williams' State of Iowa Hall of Fame bio.
  12. ^ 75 Years With The Fighting Hawkeyes, by Bert McCrane & Dick Lamb (ASIN: B0007E01F8), Page 25.
  13. ^, "2013 NCAA Football FBS Records",
  14. ^, 2011 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department
  15. ^, 2011 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department
  16. ^, 2011 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department
  17. ^, 2011 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department
  18. ^ Iowa All-Time team
  19. ^
  20. ^, 2011 Iowa Hawkeye Football Media Fact Book, Iowa Sports Information Department
  21. ^ College Football Data Warehouse - Coaching Records.