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The 50 Greatest Plays in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History Hardcover – August 1, 2008
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From the Publisher
"A book like this really does make me appreciate all the great moments we worked so hard together to build here at the University of Iowa."
--Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
"Are these 50 plays contained within the pages of this publication truly the greatest in Hawkeyes history? I think so. You and I might argue about their order of placement, but that's the fun, excitement, and the joy of the read."
--Gary Dolphin, radio voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes
From the Inside Flap
The University of Iowa has fielded a football team since 1889, and during that time Iowa has participated in more than 1,100 games featuring roughly 150,000 different plays. Most of these plays have passed into history with little fanfare, but a select few are destined to be remembered for the ages: these are plays that won games, turned around a season, or put the exclamation point on a career. The 50 Greatest Plays in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History digs deep into the annals of Hawks football lore and extracts these very best moments, bringing them back to life with a rich clarity that will delight every fan who thinks of Kinnick Stadium as his or her home away from home.
Iowa alum and author Michael Maxwell has painstakingly researched the school's football history and assembled 50 fascinating chapters that describe each play and explain its importance--plus reveal "the rest of the story." Readers will relish player and coach profiles, quotes from participants, and comprehensive game statistics, as well as a generous selection of memorable photographs from the University of Iowa archives. Xs and Os diagrams highlight the keys to successful execution for selected plays and practically invite readers into the Hawks' locker room. Forewords from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and longtime Hawkeyes broadcaster Gary Dolphin provide exclusive insight into how various plays unfolded and why they have earned their place in Iowa lore.
Guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment--and to spawn endless debate among fans--The 50 Greatest Plays in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History brings the school's greatest stars to life. Inside the book, readers will discover Nile Kinnick and the Hawks running past top-ranked Notre Dame in 1939; Chuck Long passing Iowa to its first bowl win in more than 20 years; and little-known Warren Holloway finishing his career on the receiving end of a game-winning Drew Tate touchdown pass in the Capital One Bowl. The memorable exploits of these student-athletes and many others--including Reichardt, Tippett, Kaeding, Banks, Clark, Ploen, and Sanders--will remind Iowa fans why they proudly wear black and gold.