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Game Day: Iowa Football: The Greatest Games, Players, Coaches and Teams in the Glorious Tradition of Hawkeye Football Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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From the Publisher
"Since retirement in 1999, I've had several occasions to stand on the field at Kinnick Stadium and look around. I see more than 70,000 wonderful Hawkeye supporters--the greatest fans on earth--in one of the most historic stadiums in college football. It's a wonderful experience and brings back a lot of great memories. It was truly a privilege for me to be Iowa's football coach for 20 years." --Coach Hayden Fry, from the foreword
From the Inside Flap
The numbers are impressive: a dozen players in the College Football Hall of Fame, including the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner. Twenty-two bowl game appearances (and counting), including five Rose Bowls. Dozens of All-Americans. Countless statistical milestones.
But the numbers alone don't do justice to the impact that Iowa football has had, and continues to have, on its legion of fans. What takes place within the storied confines of Nile Kinnick Stadium is more than simply a game; it's a way of life.
During the epic reign of Hayden Fry, an era that saw Hawkeye football become a dominant power on the national landscape, Iowa became synonymous with college football excellence--and that excellence shows no signs of diminishing under Kirk Ferentz. From a stunning run to the Big Ten title in 1981, to a classic win over Michigan in a number one vs. number two showdown in 1985, to the sterling 10-win seasons enjoyed under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have continued to build on the legacy established by legends such as Kinnick, Alex Karras, Calvin Jones and Chuck Long, all while giving their fans countless cherished memories.
When the Hawkeyes won the 1985 Big Ten title over Minnesota, Coach Fry put it this way: "I'll remember this group for all the great things they've accomplished. These seniors have brought great recognition and exposure to the University of Iowa and the entire state. As of right now, I'd have to say this is my number-one victory, the finest ever. It's a great day for the state of Iowa."
Game Day Iowa Football is a celebration of the pride that all Hawkeye players and fans share and of the decades of gridiron excellence that have inspired it.