A linebacker former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry calls the "best defensive player I had the privilege to work with'' is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Larry Station, the only player in Hawkeye history to lead the team in tackles in each of his four seasons in an Iowa uniform, was one of 16 individuals announced this morning as newest-elected members of the National Football Foundation's hall.

The Omaha, Neb., native will be officially inducted during December dinner in New York City and will be enshrined at the hall of fame facility in South Bend, Ind., in the summer of 2010.

Station finished 492 career tackles, an Iowa record, and he recorded 10 or more tackles 23 times during his career.

"He could anticipate where the ball was going better than any linebacker I was ever associated with,'' Fry said in a statement. "He combined superior mental and athletic skills to become the best at his position. He was a leader on and off the field.''

Station was part of Iowa teams that went a combined 35-13-1 during his college career from 1982-85 and played in the Peach, Gator, Freedom and Rose bowls.

He is perhaps best remembered for his game-saving tackle of Michigan running back Jamie Morris in a 1985 game against Iowa.

The second-ranked Wolverines held 10-9 lead with just minutes left in the game and Station dropped Morris for a two-yard loss in a 3rd-and-2 situation, forcing a Michigan punt that allowed Rob Houghtlin to kick the game-winning field goal as time expired, giving top-rated Iowa a 12-10 win.

Station is the 14th former Hawkeye player or coach to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame and he joins Chuck Long as the second player coached by Fry at Iowa to be elected. Long was selected in 1999, four years before Fry himself was named.

To be eligible for consideration, players must have been a first-team all-American selection at least 10 years removed from the game who is no longer currently playing professionally.

A two-time academic all-American, Station played one season in the NFL for Pittsburgh. He was inducted to the Iowa Letterman's Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

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