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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The Evolution of the San Diego Chargers Jersey

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The San Diego Chargers – a founding team in the American Football League with the Dallas Texans and Boston Patriots in 1960 – got their start in the city of Los Angeles, California. They moved to San Diego in 1961 and merged with the NFL in 1970.

Fans of the Chargers haven’t experienced the joys of winning a Super Bowl yet, but the team almost made it to the promised land in 1994, but they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-49. After many years in the league, the team has been able to send six legendary players and one coach to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The elected include wide receiver Lance Alworth, quarterback Dan Fouts, wide receiver Charlie Joiner, offensive lineman Ron Mix, tight end Kellen Winslow, defensive end Fred Dean, and head coach and general manager Sid Gillman.

When it comes to their uniforms, the Chargers have used one of the more unique color combinations in all of sports. And they’ve brought this look to the field in their ongoing effort to claim the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Lightning-Fast Jersey Changes

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1960: White and blue are the two main colors used in the Chargers’ first uniform. A blue lightning bolt is placed on the helmet.

1961: The lightning bolt is updated when the Chargers move to San Diego. The yellow bolt becomes a prominent fixture on the helmet, shoulders, and pants.

1966: Gold pants replace the previously white ones. A blue and white stripe runs down the side of the pants instead of a thunderbolt. The lightning bolt on the helmet goes back to blue this year.

1968: The era of powder blue uniforms begins. While there are several minor tweaks in the early 1970s, the powder blue hangs around until 1973.

1972: The Chargers continue to tweak the pants, going from blue lightning bolts back to blue and white stripes.

1973: The team adds matching blue cleats to the mix.

1974: Gone is the powder blue as the team darkens the blue on both the jerseys and helmets.

1979: The lightning returns! White bolts are added to the sides of the team’s yellow pants.

1985: The Chargers retire the yellow pants for white ones. They also start matching the helmet and jersey blues.

1988:  The team, continuing the trend of altering their pants, removes the lightning bolt on the sides and replaces it with a blue and gold stripe pattern.

1990: They Bolts adds blue pants to be used with their white jerseys.

1992: The Chargers opt to show off two sets of pants this season, with the lightning bolt on the side being used only in preseason.

1994: For the 75th anniversary of the NFL, the Chargers join in by bringing back their powder blue as throwback uniforms.

2000: For the San Diego Chargers’ 40th anniversary, the team brings back the powder blue once again.

2007: The team adds wavy pant lines with interior lightning bolts. New to the uniform are white collars and lightning bolts pointing toward the chest from the shoulders.

2016 Color Rush: On October 13th, the Chargers are featured in the Thursday night matchup. The Bolts look good in their Nike Color Rush uniforms as they earn themselves a big 21–13 division win against the Denver Broncos.

Want your clothes to scream “Go Bolts” as you’re heading to catch the game? Head to Fanatics.com where you can get the best officially licensed merchandise and apparel for the Chargers – and all 32 NFL teams – right now.

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