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Iowa’s Ironman

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The Consummate Hawkeye

A Swiss army knife of a star football player, Kinnick was a passer, a runner, a kicker, and a defender. He did everything and did it well. Kinnick was the Team Captain, a born leader.

“Warring on the gridirons of the Midwest”

For his outstanding performance in 1939, Kinnick was the recipient of the Heisman Trophy. He also won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards. He was named 1st Team All-American.

A Legacy Remembered to this Day

Nile Kinnick was one of the greatest of the “Greatest Generation” and his legacy lives on today.



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Tony Thomas

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