The University of Iowa football team this season has five players on the roster whose fathers played for the Hawkeyes before them.
It’s doubtful any team in the country has more.
There’s good and bad in that.
“It’s good to have a guy who’s been through what I’m going through,’’ said senior wide receiver Jordan Cotton of his father, Marshall, who was a star running back at Davenport Central before going to Iowa. “It probably was a lot harder and more demanding when he was here, but it’s good to have him help me through it.’’
That “it was tougher when I was there’’ line would seem to be a familiar refrain when the old Hawkeyes are talking to their sons.
Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Cole Croston hears the same thing from his dad, Dave, who lettered as an Iowa offensive lineman in 1984, ’85 and ’86.
“I tell him about how our camp is and what he tells me is that they would go two-a-days full pads every day and that they would just knock the snot out of each other,’’ Cole said last week at Iowa’s media day. “He tells me I’m soft because I tell him our schedule and he doesn’t think it’s that tough. He thinks the old days were a lot tougher.’’
The other “legacy’’ members of the current team are sophomore defensive back Sean Skradis, whose father Bryan was a defensive end from 1977-81; freshman tight end George Kittle, whose dad Bruce was an offensive tackle from 1977-81; and freshman offensive lineman Mitch Keppy, a former Riverdale star whose father Myron lettered in the defensive line for Iowa in 1986 and ’87.
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More from Jordan Cotton: He said that when he goes home to Mount Pleasant, he and his dad talk a lot about football.
“And we joke around about who scored more touchdowns when they were here,’’ he added.
For the record, Jordan already has beaten Dad. As great a high school player as Marshall Cotton was, he was largely a blocking back at Iowa. He scored one touchdown, on a pass play during his freshman season in 1984.
Jordan has two TDs, both last year, on a pass reception against Minnesota and a 92-yard kickoff return against Penn State.
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This is one of those things that’s guaranteed to start an argument: A website called Ranker.com has come up with a list of what it considers the best quarterbacks of all time.
This alone should get the ruckus going: Brett Favre is No. 8.
Another stunner: There are seven active QBs in the top 50: Peyton Manning is second, Tom Brady third, Drew Brees 13th, Aaron Rodgers 19th, Eli Manning 26th, Ben Roethlisberger 29th and Joe Flacco 50th.
I’m in two football fantasy drafts today and it will be a shock if Eli Manning or Roethlisberger is among the top 100 picks. Flacco is a longshot to be picked at all.
Oh, we forgot to mention: No. 1 on the list, which seems to be weighted heavily toward guys who won championships, is Joe Montana.
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Add this to your list of stupid human tricks: The Iowa Speedway in Newton hopes to break the world record for the largest number of people to simultaneously perform the stop, drop and roll fire safety maneuver. They hope to do it Sept. 7 at the Prairie Meadows 150 stock car race.
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Author and historian Kev Varney, with an assist from a high school football fan named Tom Sikorski, has compiled a list of the winningest high school football programs ever in Illinois. It was a tedious undertaking that took the better part of two years.
There are two Quad-Cities area programs in the top 10. Rock Island is No. 8 with 634 victories and Geneseo is No. 9 with 628.
No. 1 on the list, with 728, is East St. Louis High.
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Major League Baseball’s decision to make extensive use of instant replay next season opens up several cans of worms.
We’re not saying it’s not a good idea. It's something they should have done long ago. But it’s almost mind-boggling the scope of this thing.
Think of how many close judgment calls are involved in every baseball game. It hasn’t been spelled out exactly how all this will work, but it sounds as though everything except ball-strike calls will be subject to review.
Wait until we have to wait a few minutes five or six times a game for some guy 1,000 miles away in a room full of TV monitors to decide whether or not a call is correct.
Many people think baseball games are too long now. This could add 10 to 15 minutes to the average length of games.