Hawkeye fans are calling for a “Green Out” for Iowa’s Sept. 24 home contest against Louisiana-Monroe to support former Hawkeye safety Brett Greenwood.
Greenwood has been in the hospital since collapsing on Sept. 9 while working out at Pleasant Valley High School in his hometown of of Bettendorf. He was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics shortly thereafter and remains hospitalized in a medically-induced coma.
Greenwood’s parents, Michele and Dave, released a statement Wednesday through the UI Sports Information Department, noting that Brett “continues to fight and to make improvements.”
“During this very difficult time for our family, we have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from family, friends, the community and the Hawkeye Nation,” the Greenwood Family said in the statement. “It means a great deal to us to have so many people reaching out to us and telling us that they are praying for Brett.”
Brett Greenwood played safety for the Hawkeyes from 2007-2010 after joining the team as a walk-on. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 and 2010. He led the Big Ten with five interceptions in 2010 and his 12 career picks ranks sixth in Iowa history.
So far, more than 4,250 people have said they plan to wear Green at Kinnick on the “Wear GREEN for GREENWOOD” Facebook page.
Former Hawkeye and current Cleveland Brown offensive lineman Eric Steinbach will miss the entire 2011 NFL season after undergoing back surgery Tuesday to repair a bulging disk.
Steinbach served as an extremely durable anchor for the Browns offensive line, playing each of the last two seasons without missing a single game. Over the past eight seasons, Steinbach has started 124 games.
The former Hawkeye’s quickness and ability to open holes translated into success for Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who ran for a career-best 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Steinbach earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2002, and was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He’s been with the Browns since 2007.
Former Iowa Hawkeye placekicker Kyle Schlicher made an appearance on the “Jim Rome Show” today, discussing his life after donning the Black and Gold uniform.
Rome is currently on a streak of interviewing people with the first name “Kyle” on his show. After a guest cancelled, Rome took to Twitter in search of another Kyle to keep his streak alive.
The former Iowa Hawkeye and Iowa Barnstormer kicker talked about his current profession: training Navy SEALs as a strength and conditioning coach. He also helped extend Rome’s “Kyle Streak” to 16 straight days.
Listen to a portion of Rome’s interview with former Hawkeye Kyle Schilcher here: http://tvider.com/view/63366
We’ve reached the third round of the Top NFL Hawkeye poll. Thanks to all of the Iowa fans who have participated in the polling thus far.
We’re down to the Elite 8. Here are the match-ups:
#1 Dallas Clark vs. #8 Tony Moeaki
#4 Shonn Greene vs. #5 Chad Greenway
#2 Nate Kaeding vs. #10 Robert Gallery
#3 Bob Sanders vs. #6 Aaron Kampman
Former Iowa basketball player Ronnie Lester will not be retained as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers after his contract expires in June.
The Former Hawkeye spent the past 10 season as Assistant GM for the Lakers under GM Mitch Kupchak. Lester played for the team from 1981-1986, averaging 7.3 points and four assists per game.
After his retirement from playing, Lester remained a major part of the Lakers organization. He was a scout for the team before being named Assistant GM.
Lester played for the Hawkeyes from 1977-1980, averaging 16.9 points per game. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 1978 and 1979 and his 1,675 career points ranks fifth all-time in Iowa history.
The Lakers have been cleaning house since the hiring of new head coach Mike Brown. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a dozen scouts, training staff members and video personnel have also been told they will not have their contracts renewed.
Former Hawkeye Matt Whitaker has been named chairman of Tim Pawlenty’s Iowa campaign steering committee.
Pawlenty, the former Governor of Minnesota, officially announced Monday that he would seek the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 election.
Whitaker played tight end for the Hawkeyes from 1989 to 1992 and was a member of the 1990 Big Ten Championship squad. He caught 21 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns during his Iowa career.
Since his days wearing the Black and Gold, Whitaker has served as U.S. attorney for the Southern district of Iowa and now works in a private law practice in Des Moines.
“Matt Whitaker is a man who knows what’s important and he gets things done,” Pawlenty said in an article in The Des Moines Register. “That’s been true from his days as a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes team that played in the Rose Bowl to his determination as a U.S. attorney who prosecuted dangerous criminals and put them behind bars. Iowans know and respect Matt Whitaker. We’re very happy and blessed to have him on our team.”
HawkeyeLocator recaps the weekend, informing lovers of the Black and Gold how their favorite former Hawkeyes performed with their respective professional squads.
Indoor Football League
– Former Iowa wide receiver Clinton Solomon caught seven balls for 76 yards in the Wichita Wild’s 48-44 loss to the Omaha Beef.
Arena Football League
– Former Hawkeye quarterback Brad Banks had a dismal game for the Iowa Barnstormers. Banks completed only 5-of-18 passes for 71 yards, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions. He was ultimately replaced by backup QB Brian Lee-Laduski in the second quarter, and the team suffered its worst loss of the season, 79-27 to the Jacksonville Sharks.
– In other Hawkeye-related news, kicker Kyle Schlicher was released by the Barnstormers on May 11.