The Beanbag Toss Guide

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Beanbag toss (also known as cornhole, corn toss, bags, baggo, and tailgate toss, to name a few) is a super popular tailgating staple that also shows up at picnics, backyard cookouts, and mainly anywhere people gather for a good time. It’s portable and easy to play – almost everyone can participate. For the truly dedicated and talented, there are even cornhole championships.

For the rest of us, here’s a look at the game, how it’s played, and where the heck it came from.

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Cornhole Origins

Beanbag toss is a game that has uncertain origins, but theories abound – and they are as colorful as you might imagine. One theory revolves around the Illinois-based Blackhawk tribe, who filled pig bladders with dry beans and would toss them around for fun. Another theory credits a German farmer, Matthias Kueperman, who reportedly saw some kids tossing heavy rocks into a hole. It looked entertaining enough but wasn’t exactly safe, so he sought to make a safer game. A last theory notes a Kentucky farmer came up with the idea in the early 1900s, but some say German immigrants were the ones responsible for bringing the game to the U.S.

Cornhole Equipment

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Cornhole equipment can be as casual as a board raised on one end with a hole cut into it (times two), but there are also regulations that you might want to adhere to if you’re making the equipment yourself. After all, you don’t want your cornhole gear to be laughed out of the parking lot.

Official cornhole boards should be constructed from wood that measures 48 inches by 24 inches with a 6-inch diameter hole centered 9 inches from the top of the board. The back edge of the board should rise off the ground by about a foot and, of course, the surface should be free of bumps or bends that could screw up your game.

Official cornhole bags should weigh around 15 ounces and should measure 6 inches by 6 inches. Two cups of dried corn kernels are the standard filling per bag, giving rise to the name of the game itself.

The cornhole field has certain requirements as well. Boards should be spaced 27 feet from end to end and should face one another. A pitcher’s box area extends 3 feet from either side of the board, and players cannot cross the foul line (which runs along and extends to the edge of the board facing your opponent) when tossing the bag.

Cornhole Scoring Rules

There are a variety of scoring rules that accompany the official play. However, if you’re just horsing around with your friends and family, you may choose to relax some of these. Here is probably the simplest way to keep score during a friendly game.

A bag that passes through a hole scores three points. It can be tossed directly through, it can slide on the board before passing through, or it can be knocked in by another bag.

A bag that lands on the board scores one point, as long as it didn’t touch the ground before coming to a rest on the board.

The first team to reach or exceed 21 points wins the game.

Get Your Cornhole Right Here

Fortunately, if you’re not handy with a saw and sewing machine, there are plenty of regulation-size cornhole sets at Fanatics that are emblazoned with your favorite teams and sports.

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Philadelphia Eagles Minute-by-Minute Sales Heat Map After Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl LII champions, and the millions of diehard Eagles faithful who celebrated the franchise’s first Super Bowl title wasted no time stocking up on Eagles Super Bowl Champs gear moments after the clock hit zero.

Tom Brady’s failed last-second heave gave the Eagles a 41-33 victory at 10:20 p.m. ET, and Eagles championship merchandise dropped on Fanatics within seconds as Philly players, coaches and fans were sent into euphoria. The entire east coast of the U.S. illuminated with Eagles sales on Fanatics’ minute-by-minute heat map by 10:30 p.m., with legions of Eagles enthusiasts across the nation also getting in on the action throughout midnight ET.

The Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 championship is expected to become the second-largest championship sales market in Fanatics history, behind the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series. Fans of the Dirty Birds can scoop up officially licensed Eagles Super Bowl Champs gear at Fanatics, including Eagles championship t-shirts, hats and jerseys.

Visual History of NFL Champion Jerseys

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This year’s Big Game is slated to be an exciting one. With The New England Patriots making their tenth championship appearance (their third in four years) and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles playing with a chip on their shoulder, this year’s game will undoubtedly be one for the ages. Before heading to your watch party, check out this visual history of the NFL’s Championship match ups.

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Big Game Quick Facts

  • Teams wearing white jerseys have won 33 times, colored jerseys have won 18. Perhaps this bodes well for the Patriots?
  • This year’s game is a rematch of the 2004 season in which the Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville.
  • With this matchup, the Patriots will have 10 championship appearances and the Eagles, three.

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The Evolution of the Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the youngest NFL teams — they, along with the Carolina Panthers, first took the field in 1995. The expansion team was established two years earlier, when the NFL awarded J. Wayne Weaver and the City of Jacksonville the league’s 30th franchise. The city, who was granted a team over other, larger metropolitan areas such as St. Louis and Baltimore, was excited to see how they would grow the new franchise.

You showed up. You were loud. You helped defend Duval. #DTWD

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Building the Jags

Weaver hired Tom Coughlin for the squad’s first head coach in 1994, who got busy building an NFL team from scratch through the NFL Draft and trades (notably, the Jags acquired quarterback Mark Brunell from the Packers, and drafted offensive tackle Tony Boselli No. 2 overall).

Jacksonville didn’t get a strong start out of the gate and didn’t notch their first win until the 5th week of the 1995 season (against the Houston Oilers). The following year was far better — the 1996 Jags team not only made the playoffs that year after a 9 and 7 season, but won two playoff games (both on the road at Buffalo and Denver) before ultimately falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Jacksonville went to the postseason three consecutive seasons after that, returning to the AFC Championship Game in 1999 (after a 14 and 2 season), where they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans.

Since that early successful run, the Jaguars reached the postseason twice (2005 and 2007), but since then, and fans have suffered through nine seasons (and a revolving door for head coaches) before finally returning to January play in 2017.

Home Sweet Home

The Jaguars currently play in EverBank Field, which is the only stadium they’ve called home. Built prior to their first home preseason game in 1995, the stadium has since undergone significant upgrades.

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The current stadium moniker was announced just prior to the 2010 training camp when EverBank Financial Corp., along with the Jaguars, introduced EverBank Field for the first time. The stadium is located in downtown Jacksonville alongside St. Johns River with easy interstate access.

Though the Jags don’t have the long history some of the older teams do (we’re only talking a couple decades here), that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some uniform changes since their early mid-’90s inception.

We’ve seen this play before… #DTWD #JAXvsPIT

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The 2017 Jaguars have returned to the postseason. Not only did they win in the Wild-card round, they defeated the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round to return to the AFC Championship for the third time in their short history. One more win (over the also-favored New England Patriots) will lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to their first shot in the Big Game.

#DTWD

If you’ve been a Jags fan since 1995, or are a little newer to the fandom, have we got some good news for you. Fanatics has a ton of awesome, authentic Jags gear so you can root your boys on to victory.

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Most Followed Players: Atlanta Falcons

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After reflecting on the epic meltdown that took place during the 2017 Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are ready to focus on the new season and another chance to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While they’ll have to compete on the field against a tough NFC South featuring the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there’s also some off-field competition to solve among the Dirty Birds: Which Falcons player is the most followed on social media?

Cultivating an identity across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can be a second job for many players, especially as they work with brands and companies to promote products and services. Which Falcons player would even have the influence to do that? Does quarterback Matt Ryan have the most social media followers? Or is there a defender commanding eyeballs with his digital presence? Continue reading to see the Falcons player who has truly figured out social media.

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The 1.9 million Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter followers for wide receiver Julio Jones have landed him in the top spot. The six-year veteran and four-time Pro Bowler has led the league in average receiving yards per game the past two seasons – 116 yards per game during the 2015-16 season and 100 yards per game in the 2016-17 season. In addition to sharing some of his favorite music of the moment via Instagram, Jones also shares his summer vacation pictures, which involve feeding pigs carrots on a beach.

Any takers 🥕 #living #jetlife

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Even though he’s the quarterback and usually the most important player on the field, Matt Ryan can’t compete with Jones’ following. In fact, he had fewer total followers than the number of followers Jones had on Instagram alone as of September 2017. Ryan is a brand ambassador for Banana Republic and commands a large audience of over 776,000 users across all of his social media channels.He’ll face the tough assignment this year, his 10th season of helping to bring the Falcons back into the playoffs and maintaining his regular season MVP stats.

With a little over half the following of Matt Ryan, running back Devonta Freeman placed third among his Falcons teammates for the largest social media following. With a combined presence just over 300,000 across all three networks, it’s almost all about Instagram for the former Florida State player – over 200,000 of his social media followers keep up with Freeman’s life via the picture- and video-sharing service. While there are pictures of Freeman wearing fancy clothes at red carpet events, he’s also posted plenty of Instagram pictures related to the work he does for young people via his Devonta Freeman Foundation.

Blessed.

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Rise Up

As their follower counts continue to rise, it’s time for all Atlanta Falcons fans – not just Jones, Ryan, or Freeman followers – to rise up! Support your team by picking up the best officially licensed Falcons merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (including likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Most Followed Players: New England Patriots

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The reigning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, will soon take the field in defense of their title – an unbelievable overtime victory in Super Bowl 51 – with their eyes set on another trip to the biggest game on Earth. And while the 53 men on the roster approach the season with hopes of adding another ring to their collection, there’s a competition taking place off the field between this tight-knit group. The battlefield is social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – and the prize is the love and adoration of millions of followers.

We examined the social media followings of the New England Patriots to see who commands the largest presence online. Does the Madden 18 cover athlete and Super Bowl 51 MVP Tom Brady get all the love, or is there room to share with players like Rob Gronkowski? Continue reading to see which Patriots player brings the most followers to the social media party.

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With over 7 million combined followers on Facebook and Instagram – that’s right, no Twitter account required – Tom Brady is the most followed Patriots player on social media. While he has significantly fewer followers than his wife, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, Brady’s 2.7 million followers on Instagram and 4.4 million followers on Facebook place him on top of New England’s social media depth chart. The 17-year veteran and 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft posts frequent updates about his family, friends, and even when his son schools him in Madden.

Sunday Night Football has begun in the Brady house. Current record: 0-1 😐 #howishegonnausemetobeatme

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The living party and prolific tight end Rob Gronkowski slots in behind Brady as the second most followed Patriot on social media. However, it does take him having profiles on all three networks to get close to No. 12. Besides getting a glimpse into his wild lifestyle, Gronk shows his business savvy with the sponsored content he posts on Instagram. Brands such as Oberto and Tide have made their guest appearances on his account right beside artistic shots of the “Gronk Spike” touchdown celebration.

Nothing but business #gronkspike

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Rounding out the top three is another member of the Patriots offense, wide receiver Julian Edelman. Although he’ll miss the 2017-18 NFL season due to an injury sustained in the preseason, expect the squirrely Edelman to keep us updated with his progress as he works to make it back onto the field next year. He’s already taken to his social media accounts to share a message thanking fans for their support and assuring us that “tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

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#OneMore

In their quest for #OneMore follower and #OneMore Super Bowl win, these New England Patriots will have to put their phones down and their helmets up when the regular season gets under way. If you want to look like Brady, Edelman, and Gronk on social media, do so in the easiest way possible – pick up the best officially licensed New England Patriots and NFL merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social media metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Most Followed Players: Miami Dolphins

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Playing out of Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins take the field in a competitive division, the AFC East, where they square up against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. While there’s plenty of competition between players in skill positions, the entire team – offense, defense, and special teams – also competes on a more digital playing ground: social media.

Who are the most followed ’Phins players on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter? And does the top position in football – the quarterback – draw the most attention? Does social media allow some defensive players to step out of the shadows of the offense and get the attention they deserve? Continue reading to see which Miami Dolphins command the most attention on social media.

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No quarterback, either the injured Ryan Tannehill or recently un-retired Jay Cutler, topped the five most followed Miami Dolphins. Instead, two-time Pro Bowler wide receiver Jarvis Landry garnered the largest online following among his peers. He’s helped his cause with over 1.1 million followers on Instagram alone – greater than the combined followings of each of the other Dolphin players. While he posts plenty of pictures in uniform, Landry also uses his presence on Instagram to share his philanthropic work as well.

Move over wide receivers, Ndamukong Suh is looking for some love too! Averaging almost seven sacks per season, Suh leads the team with the largest following on Twitter. In addition to sharing pictures and participating in #TBT (Throwback Thursday), the defensive tackle has used his following to crowdsource a game score after getting more popcorn presumably during a film. Who needs the ESPN app when you have hundreds of thousands of followers?

No. 3 is Lawrence Timmons, linebacker for the Miami-based squad. His more than 100,000 followers on Instagram are usually treated to vacation photos! Who doesn’t want to see where players go to get away – it may be an inspiration to high school or college players looking to make it to the NFL.

Trailing behind Timmons to round out the top five are wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Julius Thomas. Stills, a former New Orleans Saint, has the biggest individual following on Facebook but loves sharing constant updates with his fanbase on Twitter. It’s here Stills shows his love for the HBO series “Game of Thrones” by retweeting several humorous tweets, in addition to showing support for fellow players who took a knee during the national anthem before kickoff.

Pride of Miami

Whether they have the largest following on any given social media platform or a combined following in the millions, all of these players still have to suit up and play as a team – especially as they look forward to playing the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, twice this year (like every year). Support your Miami Dolphins with the best officially licensed NFL merchandise and apparel, available right now at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Most Followed Players: Oakland Raiders

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With their recent turnaround, the Oakland Raiders have established themselves as one of the hottest franchises in the National Football League. Thanks to head coach Jack Del Rio and rising star quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders made their first playoff appearance since 2002 last season, finishing with a 12-4 record.

While they’re set to leave Oakland soon, the Raiders faithful in Northern California are diehard fans who will likely follow their beloved franchise into the deserts of Nevada and the city of sin, Las Vegas, as early as 2019. They also stay up to date on the personal lives of their team’s superstars through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We took a look at which players have the most followers, and what types of content they’re posting on social media when they’re not making Oakland proud on the field.

Digital Raider Nation

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He wasn’t a member of the Oakland Raiders, or even playing in the NFL last season, but you can’t deny the popularity of Marshawn Lynch. The bruising running back notably denied the chance by Pete Carroll to run in a likely touchdown in the 2014 Super Bowl, maximized his celebrity off and online. Just as he’s accumulated yards with ease on the field, he’s accumulated fans off the field, with over 3.7 million total followers on the networks we examined.

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Playing second fiddle to Lynch is the man under center, quarterback Derek Carr. With a combined 1.2 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Carr has fewer combined followers than Lynch on Instagram or Facebook individually. This doesn’t discourage Carr from giving you a look behind the scenes – or sharing his love for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

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With just slightly more than half the followers of his delivery mechanism, wide receiver Amari Cooper comes in fourth among the most followed Raiders. The fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cooper immediately turned his college success at Alabama into professional accolades. He’s made the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons and would hope to be there for a third consecutive year. While Cooper’s Instagram account features many of his impressive grabs, plucking footballs out of the air with ease, he also used it to share his summer reading list.

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Wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Linebacker Bruce Irvin round out the top 5 most followed Oakland Raiders on social media. While Crabtree comes in third overall, he ranks behind his quarterback in Instagram and Facebook followers. In fact, he has zero posts on Instagram, despite having over 370,000 followers awaiting his first upload. As far as Irvin’s Instagram account is concerned, shouldn’t he have more followers considering he posts photos of his dog?

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Social Black & Silver

You may not have anywhere near the number of followers of Crabtree and Irvin, and couldn’t even dream of touching Lynch’s totals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play the part. Outfit yourself with officially licensed NFL and Oakland Raiders merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL

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The University of Oklahoma got its start in 1892 in Norman, Oklahoma, and its football program started soon after (1895). The Sooner football program has led to the most wins nationwide in the modern era (1946 and later), seven national championships, 46 conference titles (tied for first in the country), a 47-game winning streak in the ’50s (an NCAA record), and the most points scored in the country (also a first place spot).

So it’s no surprise the Sooners show up in the NFL fairly often. They’ve contributed over 370 draft picks, including three No. 1 overall picks (Sam Bradford, Billy Sims, and Lee Roy Selmon), 59 Sooners who have appeared in the Big Game, 81 who have been elected to the Pro Bowl – and with that kind of output, it’s not too far of a stretch to imagine that in the future, more Sooners may make an impact in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at the former Oklahoma Sooners players who are currently in the NFL.

From Oklahoma to the NFL

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There are 33 former Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL, and all but two are active. At the top, the Washington Redskins have four former Sooners on their roster: Trent Williams, Tress Way, Samaje Perine, and Stacy McGee. The Dolphins have three: Damien Williams, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Phillips.

Several teams have two former Oklahoma players: the Bengals, for example, with Joe Mixon and Jordan Evans; the Cowboys with Charles Tapper and James Hanna; the Broncos with Donald Stephenson and Corey Nelson; the Vikings with Sam Bradford and Bell Blake; the Buccaneers with Gerald McCoy and Devante Bond; and the Cardinals with Jermaine Gresham and now, Adrian Peterson.

Plenty of teams have one former Oklahoma player on their team as well, such as Tony Jefferson on the Baltimore Ravens squad, Aaron Ripkowski with the Green Bay Packers, Sterling Shepard with the New York Giants, and James Winchester with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the most well-known Sooners on this list is Sam Bradford. Bradford was a standout quarterback at Oklahoma, as he was a prolific passer from the start, tossing 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first game (and broke a school record for most yards in a half while he was at it). Bradford went on to win the Heisman Trophy his sophomore year after amassing 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2008. He ultimately went No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft, and while injuries have plagued his professional career, he has thrown over 3,000 yards four times and earned the Rookie of the Year award his first season.

Sam is suited up. #MINvsCHI

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His former teammate, DeMarco Murray, is also a pretty well-known former Sooner. He too made a big splash in his collegiate debut alongside Bradford and was drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2011 draft. Murray spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and earned the rushing title in 2014 with 1,845 rushing yards. After spending one season in Philadelphia, he’s pounding the rock for his second season in Tennessee. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls so far.

He's not done yet. #TitanUp ⚔️

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Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma before Bradford and Murray did, but he’s also one of the best known former Sooners currently playing in the NFL. Peterson was drafted No. 7 overall by Minnesota in 2007 and spent a solid decade running the ball there (and nabbed the rushing title three times – once for over 2,000 yards). He was the league MVP in 2012 and has been selected to seven Pro Bowls. Peterson currently plays in the backfield for the Arizona Cardinals.

Debut in the Desert.

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Boomer Sooner

It’s always a blast watching young players develop during their college years, and it’s definitely exciting to see who drafts them when draft day rolls around each year. If you’ve been following the likes of Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson since those early days, or you’re watching and waiting for the current crop of Oklahoma players to develop and find their way into the NFL, you’re in luck – Fanatics has a huge selection of collegiate swag as well as a ton of authentic NFL gear, so be sure to hook yourself up before heading to the stadium.

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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL

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The University of Iowa was established in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, and the athletics department has been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1899. While the university is well-known for its wrestling prowess (they’ve brought home 23 national championships), it has an impressive football program as well, winning 11 Big Ten championships and seeing plenty of play in bowl games, including a 2010 Orange Bowl victory.

Iowa produced Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick in 1939. Although his time on Earth was short (he died during a WWII training mission just a few years later in 1943), Kinnick lives on in many ways. The stadium the team plays in is named after him, his face appears on the coin used in every Big Ten coin toss, and there is a statue of him outside Kinnick Stadium.

Former Hawkeyes that have made it to the NFL include Dallas Clark (long-time tight end for the Championship Indianapolis Colts) and second overall pick in the 2004 draft, Robert Gallery. Iowa has also produced Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Emlen Tunnell, Paul Krause, and Andre Tippett.

There are 25 current Hawkeyes in the NFL. Let’s check them out.

Go Hawkeyes

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There are 25 NFL players who played college ball at Iowa. C.J. Beathard, for example, has taken over the reins in San Francisco as he prepares to make his first NFL start. Beathard is the grandson of former general manager Bobby Beathard. Bobby had a lot of success working with two NFL Teams – the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins – earning four Big Game appearances (including two wins). While C.J. is just seeing his career launch, we’ll have to watch to see where this former Hawkeye’s path goes in the NFL.

Rookie mini camp in the books! So blessed to be apart of such a great organization! #niners

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Let’s not forget Bryan Bulaga, the formidable offensive lineman who blocks for the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga has been a member of the Packers since he was drafted No. 23 overall in 2010 and was part of the squad that won it all his rookie season.

Micah Hyde is another standout player. This former Hawkeye was also drafted by the Packers, albeit in 2013, and continues to cover receivers for the Buffalo Bills after the team signed him as a free agent in 2017. Now in his fifth season, Hyde has 12 interceptions (so far) and four sacks.

Victory Friday 👏🏽🧀

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Another former Hawkeye drafted by the Packers is Mike Daniels, who joined the team in 2012.  Now in his sixth season, Daniels has racked up 23.5 career sacks and 125 tackles.

Workload Thursday let's get it !!!! #GoPackGo #Packers #NFL #Football

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Moving to the Big Time

The 2017 season brought a much longed-for change: The university’s beloved Tiger Hawk emblem finally adorns the field at Kinnick Stadium. If you’re heading to the stadium to watch your Hawkeyes take on their rivals, or you’ve been following former players through the NFL, Fanatics has all your gear needs covered, from jerseys to hoodies to hats.

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